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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A 19-year-old university student in West Texas was charged early Tuesday with capital murder of a peace officer in the fatal shooting of a police officer at the campus police station, where he was being questioned in a drug-related case, authorities said.

According to a Texas Tech University statement, campus police made a student welfare check Monday evening and, upon entering the room, found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. 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 later apprehended by … (campus police) near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.”

The suspect, identified by the university as Hollis Daniels, was tackled by officers in a parking lot adjacent to the Coliseum.

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.

“The family of the officer is in the thoughts and prayers of the Texas Tech community,” said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. “I want to express my deep appreciation to the Texas Tech Police Department, Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock Sherriff’s Office, and other state and federal law enforcement officials for their response.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also issued a statement about the shooting late Monday, saying “hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed.” Abbott also said he had mobilized state law enforcement resources to aid in the investigation.

Texas Tech is a public research university in the city of Lubbock.


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(Texas Tech University via AP)

10 thoughts on “Texas Tech Student Charged With Murder In Campus Officer’s Death

  1. americanize on said:

    White privilege at its best,when ur white you can kill a policeman,you will go to jail,but because ur white you will live.

  2. Can all my white racist people please comment on this story like you do when black people are involved. Come on let me hear what you have to say about this white on white crime, about this white police being killed by not a black person.

    • Because under the law in amerikkka, the skin color has to have melanin in it to be labeled a thug, domestic terrorist or drug dealer.

  3. Guest1 on said:

    Condolences to the family of this slain officer at the hands of another spoiled, privileged white boy. A white boy who will live to stand trial because he was tackled to the ground instead of being shot to death by police officers in a hail of 50 bullets like people we have known in the past.

    • Ditto. Even the unarmed black guy who was running away from police and their lives were clearly not in danger, was shot and killed. (the one on the bicycle). Hummm, I wonder how these officers determine who lives or who dies, could it have all to do with the color of the suspects skin that determines if their lives are in danger? Hummm, If only we had lots of evidence to prove this was not true. Blacks lives clearly don’t matter.

      • Some police officers are just cowards and are on the force because they believe it gives them power. Unlike when they were in high school, had no power, typical nerd and probably was bullied everyday. That’s usually how it works and why they end up on the police force, or they turn into a domestic terrorist.

      • Dr. Lawrence on said:

        He wasn’t unarmed. Stop the lies. He had a sizeable knife, brandished it in the direction of the officers and said “I’ll cut you bitches”. So stop your Hands up, don’t shoot lies

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