Questions remain unanswered in fatal shooting of Texas Tech police officer


Hollis Daniels, the Texas Tech student charged Monday with murdering campus police officer Floyd East Jr., has provided a cautionary tale against the trend of allowing guns on college campuses. Another officer left the room and heard a bang.

Police said Daniels confessed to shooting the officer when he was apprehended.

Steiner said he is a hunter who has no problem with guns, generally, but that he did not believe they are appropriate in every setting. He had the body camera and a handgun, Bonds wrote.

Students at Texas Tech University say they feel pain and shock after one of the school's police officers was fatally shot Monday night, but they're being comforted by the unity and support.

Bonath was not clear about when the counseling center called police.

Daniels' records posted online by the Lubbock County Jail did not list an attorney. It was unknown why Daniels wasn't handcuffed or if he was searched prior to his arrest. The Lubbock County sheriff's office confirmed that Daniels was arrested in September 2016 on charges of marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The elder Daniels was a city councilman from 1998 to 2002 and again from 2006 to 2010, when term limits prevented him from running for re-election.

We know from Tuesday's news conference at Texas Tech University that Daniels' mother called the university on Monday, anxious her son may be suicidal and have a weapon.

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But faculties and students at universities across Texas conducted petition drives against the campus-carry laws and some faculty members have moved to universities in other states. It was his first job in law enforcement, according to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

Officer East is survived by his wife, Carmen, and his two daughters, Ana and Monica.

Arrington said despite being heartbroken by the senseless act of violence he applauds the Texas Tech and Lubbock Police Department for their quick response to an active shooter situation.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also shared his condolences in a statement. The law applies to those 21 or older, and he did not have a concealed-carry permit. The party had tweeted that allowing guns on college campuses "was a dumb and risky idea" but later backtracked and deleted the tweet.

Texas passed a law past year allowing students with concealed carry permits to bring guns into university classrooms and buildings.

Sue Riesling, executive director of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, said that the association did not see a link between campus carry and Monday's shooting.