Texas student who killed officer was searched before shooting

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) A Texas Tech University student accused of killing a campus police officer was searched at some point but still managed to have a gun on him while being booked on a drug charge, Lubbock police Chief Greg Stevens said Thursday.

Texas Tech police Officer Floyd East, Jr. (Texas Tech photo)

Hollis Daniels III, 19, was searched after Texas Tech police officer Floyd East, Jr. went to his dorm room Monday on a welfare check.

He didn't explain how Daniels could have had a gun on him after being taken to the campus police station.

Lubbock police say they were on Texas Tech University's campus within five minutes of receiving a call about the shooting.

It took about 35 minutes from the time university officials called the city police for an alert to be sent to students and faculty warning them that an armed suspect was on the loose.

University officials told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that the delay happened because the police station where the initial student alert would normally be generated had become a crime scene.

The Seguin freshman confessed to the deadly shooting, according to an arrest affidavit released Tuesday.

Daniels wasn’t handcuffed while East was processing him Monday, Lubbock police Det. Thomas Bonds said.

Bonds says another officer left the room and then heard a loud bang.

When he returned, he found East mortally wounded and Daniels gone.

East’s body camera was taken.

The gunman fled police headquarters after mortally wounding the officer Monday night.

He was later spotted by university police.

A foot chase ensued and he was tackled then taken into custody near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

The affidavit says Daniels told officers he had done "something illogical" and that "he was the one that shot their friend."

He's charged with capital murder and his bond was set at $5 million.

Authorities say Daniels was questioned the previous day by police investigating a reported stolen gun.

Daniels threatened someone at home Sunday before driving off, Lubbock police spokeswoman Kasie Whitley said Thursday.

She says a gun was stolen from the home, but neither she nor police Chief Greg Stevens would say whether Daniels is suspected of stealing that gun.

Stevens says the officers didn't have probable cause or Daniels' consent to search the car, so he was allowed to leave.

A federal indictment Wednesday charges Daniels with possession of a stolen firearm.

The indictment describes the firearm as a .45, which is the same caliber used in the killing Monday.

East, 48, had worked for Texas Tech since Dec. 1, 2014.

He started as a guard at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso and while there earned his basic peace officer license through the El Paso Community College Law Enforcement Academy.

He transferred to the Lubbock campus on May 1, 2017 as a police officer and completed his field training on Aug. 31.