A 19-year-old Texas Tech University student was charged early Tuesday with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a police officer at the campus police station, where he was being questioned in a drug-related case, reports the Associated Press. Campus police made a student welfare check Monday evening and found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers took suspect Hollis Daniels 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.” It is not clear if Daniels had the gun when he was taken to the police station or if he took the weapon from an officer. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said “hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed.” Abbott 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.