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Tragedy on Texas Tech Campus

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A student welfare check on the Texas Tech University campus ended with the fatality of a university police officer.

On Monday evening, campus police conducted a routine student welfare check on Hollis Daniels, a freshman student from Seguin. When police entered the room, they found evidence of drugs, as well as drug paraphernalia. Daniels was taken to the campus police station, where he shot Officer Floyd East Jr. in the head before fleeing the scene on foot.

The Texas Tech campus was on lockdown for over an hour until Daniels was found and apprehended near the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium.

Governor Greg Abbott has expressed his condolences and offered the Department of Public Safety to assist in any way possible, saying that he and his wife will continue to pray for the family of the fallen officer as they mourn this tragedy.

Texas Tech president Lawrence Schovanec publicly thanked campus and city police, as well as the Lubbock County Sheriff’s office and other law enforcement agencies for their help in the rapid apprehension of Daniels.

The Texas Tech community has quickly come together to offer their support for the family.