New details emerging in Texas Tech shooting case

LUBBOCK - More details on the Texas Tech shooting suspect were released Tuesday.


Hollis Daniels, 19, grew up in Seguin, Texas just half an hour away from New Braunsfels.

Jail records indicate Daniels had previous run-ins with the law, faced drug charges and was briefly booked into jail for speeding.

Neighbors had nice things to say about the Daniels family, but it's clear to many that something went terribly wrong.

"I don't know how to relate to a 19-year-old that has obviously got some drug issues, so I can't relate to that," Longtime Family Friend Hilmar Starke said. "I don't know what to think about all that, but he certainly seemed to be a polite nice kid. You want your own son to act like that."


Police are looking into how Daniels gained access to a gun since he was too young to even possess a handgun in the state of Texas.

It is unknown whether he was searched before being taken into custody, however, the Texas Tech Police Chief said the gun used was not taken from the officer.

19th District Congressman Jodey Arrington who represent Lubbock along with Young and Throckmorton counties said this is not a time for a gun control debate.

"So the bad guys are going to go get the guns," Arrington said. "The folks who are willing to do this and prepare and commit crime and shoot people are going to get the means to do that. The question is will the good guys have the means to defend themselves and I'm going to fight for their right to do that."

Arrington said despite being heartbroken by the senseless act of violence he applauds the Texas Tech and Lubbock Police Department for their quick response to an active shooter situation.


An arrest warrant provided new details Tuesday morning into the murder.
Daniels was arrested for capital murder a little more than 90 minutes after the report of a shooting.

The warrant goes into greater detail about exactly what led up to the deadly shooting of Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East, most notably the recommendation of a $5,000,000 bond for Daniels.

Monday night Daniels was arrested by East for possession of a controlled substance found in his dorm room. The warrant said he was taken to the station for paperwork. That's when police said Daniels made a deadly decision, pulling out a gun and fatally shooting East in the head before taking off.

A .45 caliber shell casing was found nearby, East's body cam was missing, but his own pistol was still in the holster.

After a search that lasted nearly two hours Daniels was arrested on campus near City Bank Coliseum.

The suspect admitted to officers that he was the one who shot East and said he did something "illogical."

In a press conference, Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec was tight-lipped on the investigation but sent his deepest condolences to the East family.

"The sadness and tragedy a moment like this are made more bearable by the love and the care that our student's staff and faculty have shown to the family of officer east to our police and to one another."

Read the full arrest warrant below:*

IN THE NAME AND BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: Before me the undersigned Assistant Criminal District Attorney of Lubbock County, Tx, this day appeared the undersigned affiant, who under oath says that he has good reason to believe and does believe that in Lubbock County, Texas, HOLLIS DANIELS III hereafter styled the Defendant, heretofore on or about the 9th day of October, A.D. 2017, did then and there intentionally or knowingly cause the death of an individual, namely, XXXXX XXXX, by shooting him, and the said XXXXX XXXX was then and there a peace officer who was acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty, to-wit: making an arrest, and the defendant knew XXXXX XXXX was a peace officer; 

AGAINST THE PEACE AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. Sworn to and subscribed before me on October 09, 2017 

On October 9, 2017 Hollis Daniels was arrested by Texas Tech Police Department Officer XXXXX XXXX for possession of a control substance. Officer XXXX transported Hollis Daniels to the Texas Tech Police Department where Officer XXXX was completing booking paperwork for Hollis Daniels arrest. 

Corporal Tyler Snelson advised Officer XXXX was completing paperwork at the computers in the briefing room.  Corporal Snelson observed Officer XXXX facing the computers while Hollis Daniels was facing in the opposite direction. Officer XXXX and Hollis Daniels were slightly offset from each other. At the time Hollis Daniels was not wearing handcuffs. Corporal Snelson left the briefing room and went to an office nearby. 

Shortly after, Corporal Snelson heard a bang from the briefing room. Corporal Snelson went back into the briefing where he saw Officer XXXX with an apparent gunshot wound. Hollis Daniels was no longer in the room, A .45 caliber shall casing was located near Officer XXXX, Corporal Snelson also advised Officer XXXX’s police body camera was missing and Officer XXXX’s pistol was In his holster. 

Hollis Daniels was located near 2720 Drive of Champions, City Bank Coliseum, where he was subsequently taken into custody, A .45 caliber pistol loaded with RP ammunition was located where Hollis Daniels was arrested. A police body camera was also located near where Hollis Daniels was arrested. Hollis Daniels stated to officers that he was the one that shot their friend. 

Detective Daniel Williams and I interviewed Hollis Daniels, Hollis Daniels immediately stated he "f****d up." Hollis Daniels went on to say he was arrested and taken back to the police department. Hollis Daniels then stated that he did "something illogical"

*Note: Officer Floyd East's name was originally removed from the warrant until next of kin was notified.

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