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Texas student charged with murder in campus officer’s death

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A 19-year-old university student in West Texas was charged early Tuesday with capital murder of a peace officer in the fatal shooting of a police officer at the campus police station, where he was being questioned in a drug-related case, authorities said.

According to a Texas Tech University statement, campus police made a student welfare check Monday evening and, upon entering the room, found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers then took the suspect to the police station for a standard debriefing and to prepare to take him to the Lubbock County jail, Texas Tech police Chief Kyle Bonath said.  

“During this time, the suspect pulled a gun and mortally shot an officer,” Bonath said. “The suspect fled on foot and later apprehended by … (campus police) near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.” The suspect, identified by the university as Hollis Daniels, was tackled by officers in a parking lot adjacent to the coliseum.

It is not clear if Daniels had the gun on him when he was taken to the police station or if he took the weapon from an officer. Online jail records don’t indicate whether he has an attorney to speak on his behalf.

“The family of the officer is in the thoughts and prayers of the Texas Tech community,” said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. “I want to express my deep appreciation to the Texas Tech Police Department, Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock Sherriff’s Office, and other state and federal law enforcement officials for their response.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also issued a statement about the shooting late Monday, saying “hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed.” Abbott also said he had mobilized state law enforcement resources to aid in the investigation.

Texas Tech is a public research university in the city of Lubbock.

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3 Responses to Texas student charged with murder in campus officer’s death

  1. alan chambers says:

    i heard about this as soon as it happened last night where literally, all the videos i saw, were less than two mins long. very little info. first, it was a welfare check turned drug bust! i don’t even hafta talk about that horshit! so, i thought he mighta shot him in the dorm or whatever. then it turned into, on the run, then we found out he shot him AT the station on campus, then ran. campus on lockdown, then not. what i can’t get past is he was taken, anywhere, without being cuffed and frisked, because they get off on that confining people shit! i AM an auto hoaxer, i think everything is fake until proven real, which is rare! if he shot him in the ”dorm”, then good for him! if he shot him at the campus station, then they were stupid. with the info i have, i don’t believe it.. not yet. I’m sure they forcefully entered, in which case, they became intruders but we already know that!

  2. # 1 NWO Hatr says:

    “It is not clear if Daniels had the gun on him when he was taken to the police station or if he took the weapon from an officer.”

    IF he really shot the one pig, and STILL had a gun… doesn’t it stand to reason that he wouldn’t have just stopped at ONE dead pig?

    Considering the fact that they’ll either give you the death penalty, or life without parole (same thing), for ONE dead pig, or several.

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