A Texas Tech University police officer was shot dead Monday after bringing a student into custody at the campus police headquarters, authorities said.
A call for a student “welfare check” led campus officers to the room of 19 year old freshman Hollis Daniels. Police found drugs and drug paraphernalia, prompting the officers to take the student to the station, a university spokesman said in a statement.
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 was later apprehended by … (campus police) near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.” A university lockdown was lifted after about an hour.
Daniels allegedly ripped off the officer’s body camera after the shooting, but the camera was later recovered by police, NBC affiliate KCBD reported.
Detective Thomas Bonds of the Lubbock city police department says in an affidavit that Daniels told officers he had done “something illogical” and that “he was the one that shot their friend.”
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.
Daniels was charged with capital murder of a peace officer, according to the Lubbock County sheriff’s office.