Cops: Student Shot, Killed Campus Officer After Welfare Check

Texas Tech shooting sparked lockdown, manhunt
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2017 12:55 AM CDT
Student in Custody After Campus Cop Shot Dead
This photo provided by Texas Tech University shows Hollis Daniels.   (Texas Tech University via AP)

A Texas Tech freshman is in custody after the fatal shooting of a campus police officer sparked a manhunt and a lockdown of the Lubbock campus that lasted more than an hour. Police say Hollis Daniels, a 19-year-old man who lived on campus, was arrested near Lubbock Municipal Coliseum at 9:35pm local time, almost two hours after he allegedly shot the officer at campus police headquarters and fled on foot, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports. The school says Daniels, from Seguin, near San Antonio, was first taken into custody when police found drugs and drug paraphernalia after being called for a welfare check.

Daniels was being processed for jail when "he produced a weapon—it has yet to be determined the details of that—and mortally wounded one of our officers," says University Police Chief Kyle Bonath, per NBC News. Sources tell KCBD that Daniels ripped off the slain officer's body camera after the shooting, but it was found about an hour after he was arrested. Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec thanked the Lubbock police department and other agencies that helped apprehend Daniels, the Daily Toreador reports. "The family of the deceased officer will be in the prayers of the entire Texas Tech community," he said. "In the coming days, we'll be offering our full support to that family." (More campus shooting stories.)

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