A 19-year-old Communication Arts student at Texas Tech University has been arrested for fatally shooting a campus police officer on Monday night after drugs were found in his room, a school official said.
The suspect, Hollis Daniels of Seguin, Texas, ran away after the shooting, sending the school into lockdown mode for approximately two hours as police launched a manhunt in Lubbock, Texas, according to authorities.
A SWAT team arrived on the scene to aid in the search until Daniels was spotted. He was tackled by a campus officer and arrested near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum around 9:30 p.m.
Campus police had been conducting a student welfare check earlier Monday when they found drugs and drug paraphernalia in the suspect’s room, according to the school’s spokesperson, Chris Cook.
Daniels was initially being transported to the Texas Tech University Police headquarters at 413 Flint Ave. when he pulled out a gun and shot the officer in the head before taking off on foot, Cook said. Police are currently investigating where the student obtained the gun.
Texas Tech issued an emergency notification, warning students and faculty to take shelter while Daniels was still at large. The lockdown was lifted shortly after his arrest.
The slain officer’s identity is being withheld pending family notification.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted, “Heidi & I are praying for all those on @TexasTech’s campus this evening. Please be safe and heed warnings from campus officials.”
Heidi & I are praying for all those on @TexasTech’s campus this evening. Please be safe and heed warnings from campus officials.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) October 10, 2017
Governor Greg Abbott said, “First and foremost, our hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed at Texas Tech University…
“As the Texas Tech campus deals with this heartbreaking tragedy, Cecilia and I pray for the continued safety of the students and the entire community,” he added.
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) October 10, 2017
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