A Texas Tech University police officer was shot dead Monday after bringing a suspect into custody at the campus police headquarters, authorities said.
A call for a student “welfare check” led campus officers to a room where they found drugs and drug paraphernalia, prompting the officers to take the student to the station, a spokesman for the school said in a statement.
University Police Chief Kyle Bonath said late Monday that the suspect, identified by authorities as Hollis A. Daniels, was being processed for jail on the drug evidence at the TTU police station.
“During this time, the suspect pulled a gun and mortally shot an officer,” Bonath said. “The suspect fled on foot and later apprehended by TTPD near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.”
Daniels allegedly ripped off the officer’s body camera after the shooting, but the camera was later recovered by police, NBC affiliate KCBD reported.
Bonath said the officer’s identity wouldn’t be released until relatives could be notified.
Daniels was tackled by a pursuing campus officer and was arrested near Jones ATT Stadium around 9:30 p.m. CT. The lockdown was lifted shortly afterward.
Lubbock County sheriff’s officials told NBC affiliate KCBD that Daniels is a 19-year-old freshman from Seguin, near San Antonio.
The shooting prompted the Lubbock campus to be on lockdown for more than an hour.
“The family of the deceased officer will be in the prayers of the entire Texas Tech community. In the coming days we’ll be offering our full support to that family,” Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement that his heart went out to the family of the slain officer.