Texas Tech community mourns loss of murdered officer; Investigation continues into the shooting death of a campus officer by a student from Seguin
Posted on 10/12/2017 7:49:00 AM.
Texas Tech University Police Officer Floyd East, Jr. was killed Monday night.
(Lubbock) -- Texas Tech University police say a murdered officer had only been on the force a few months. Texas Tech University Police Chief Kyle Bonath says Officer Floyd East Jr., 48, was relatively new to the department.
"He was hired in Lubbock as a Texas Tech Police Department Officer on May 1, 2017," said Bonath.
Chief Bonath says that Officer East served in the Texas State Guard in El Paso before coming to Lubbock.  He leaves behind a wife and two daughters.  East was shot to death Monday night after police say 19-year old Hollis "Reid" Daniels, of Seguin, pulled a gun inside police headquarters. 
Texas Tech officials say campus police made a student welfare check on Daniels on Monday night, and that's how this incident all got started.
"The TTU Counseling Center advised the Texas Tech Police Department that the student's family had called to express concerns that the student might be in possession of a weapon and making comments about suicide," said Bonath.
Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec also spoke about the incident on Tuesday. He says the entire school is thinking about the killing of Officer East.
"Today, I walked over to the student union to visit with our students and when I asked one student how he was doing, he said it's very hard," said Schovanec.
It's been an extraordinarily painful situation for the campus, but Schovanec says Texas Tech will be okay.
"The sadness and the tragedy of a moment like this is made more bearable by the love and the care that our students, our staff and our faculty have shown to the family of Officer East," said Schovanec.
The campus was on lockdown Monday night after the shooting. Despite the tense situation that unfolded this week, Chief Bonath says people shouldn't be worried about campus safety there in Lubbock.
"After working and witnessing the actions last night of our law enforcement community here locally, I would like to re-assure the Texas Tech Community, parents, students and faculty that they are in good hands," said Bonath.
A police report states that Daniels was taken to the police station after drugs were found in his room, but he was not handcuffed. It stated that East was working on booking paperwork for Daniels. Another officer in the room said he walked out, and shortly thereafter, he heard a loud bang. He returned and found that East had been shot. The officer's body camera was said to be missing, and his pistol was still in his holster. Reports indicate that a .45 caliber handgun and the missing body camera were discovered when Daniels was arrested.
Daniels was listed as a freshman student at Tech. He was taken before a magistrate Tuesday in Lubbock. He was charged with capital murder, and his bond has been set at $5 million.
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