Texas Tech officer shot, killed after only 5 months of service

LUBBOCK, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) -  A Texas Tech officer was only on the force 5 months before he was shot and killed while questioning a student Monday night. 

Floyd East, Jr. was a telecommunications operator with the Texas Tech Police Department for over two years before becoming a full-time peace officer at the University in May, according to personnel records released by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement

Floyd's service ended abruptly when he was shot in the head while completing booking paperwork for suspect Hollis Daniels, 19. 

Daniels was brought into the police station for questioning after evidence of drugs and paraphernalia was found in his dorm room.

Court documents state Daniels was unrestrained when he shot East in the head.

A second officer, who had left the room while East finished paperwork, described hearing "a bang" then finding East mortally wounded with Daniels no where in sight, the documents detail. 

An emergency alert was issued just before 9:00 p.m. and the entire Texas Tech campus was on lockdown until Daniels was apprehended near the Coliseum. Floyd's body camera, along with a gun and ammunition, were seized upon his arrest.

Once taken into custody, the documents claim "Daniels stated to officers that he was the one that shot their friend." and during a subsequent interview, he stated he "f****d up" and did "something illogical" .

Daniels is being held in the Lubbock County Jail for one count of Captial Murder. 

BigCountryHomepage , along with EverythingLubbock, will continue to provide updates on the Texas Tech shooting as the investigation continues. Check back for additional details. 

 

Information provided by EverythingLubbock.com

 


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