Campus police visited freshman Hollis Daniels' dorm room Monday night to conduct a welfare check, and found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. When the police took Daniels to the campus police station for questioning, he pulled out a gun and shot an officer in the head, according to university Police Chief Kyle Bonath. It's unknown if Daniels had the gun on him before entering the station.
Daniels then fled the station on foot, putting the entire Lubbock campus on lockdown for about an hour. A Texas Tech officer tackled the student near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum and took him into custody around 9:30 p.m.
According to online arrest records, Daniels was arrested by Texas Tech police last September for possession of marijuana. Online newspaper records show Daniels is the son of former Seguin City Councilman H.A. Daniels.
The identity of the slain officer has not been released.
Governor Greg Abbott released a statement after the shooting, saying he's "praying for the continued safety of students and the entire community." This comes days after Abbott shared a Fox News story on Twitter about Texas gun laws. His statement: "Concealed carry poses no danger on Texas college campuses."