Texas Tech freshman charged with capital murder in officer’s shooting death; friends of student express shock

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LUBBOCK, Texas — The Lubbock Police Department continued its investigation Thursday morning into a deadly shooting at the Texas Tech campus police station. The shooting left one officer dead and a student facing capital murder charges.

Investigators said college freshman Hollis Alvin Daniels, 19, shot officer Floyd East Jr. in the head. Daniels is now facing capital murder charges.

“I want to convey to the wife of Officer East, their two daughters and their extended family, our heartfelt condolences,” Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

According to officials, Daniels had been found with drugs and paraphernalia in his dorm room during a welfare check before the shooting. The suspect was arrested, but while he was being questioned something unthinkable happened.

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"The student pulled a gun and fatally wounded one of the officers," TTU's Office of Communications and Marketing Managing Director Chris Cook said. "He fled on foot."

The university was forced in to lockdown.

According to an affidavit, after Daniels was re-captured he immediately confessed to the killing and told officers he "F*****d up."

It's still unclear whether Daniels had the weapon hidden when he was first arrested.

"The student's family had called to express concerns that the student might be in possession of a weapon and making comments about suicide," Texas Tech Police Chief Kyle Bonath revealed.

Daniels' bond is set at $5 Million.

Meanwhile, friends of the accused cop killer are in shock.

One tweet reads "He's not a monster, he has a good heart, I promise."

Another tweet with Daniels pictured among friends says, "This is tragic, and should've never happened. He was such a great guy!"

And finally a tweet reads: "My boy had demons man..."

The son of a former Seguin City councilman, Daniels went to high school in the Texas town.

Daniels' family also owns a movie theater in Seguin, and his mom, Janis Turk, is a self-described award-winning travel writer and photographer.

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