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Texas Tech Shooting Suspect in Custody After Killing Campus Police Officer

Texas Tech Shooting Suspect in Custody After Killing Campus Police Officer

Police officers work the scene of a shooting at the Texas Tech Police Department after a Texas Tech University police officer was shot and killed by a gunman in Lubbock, Texas, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 08:52 AM

The Texas Tech shooting suspect is in custody after allegedly opening fire and killing a university police officer at the campus police station Monday night.

University officials issued an alert saying the 19-year-old student suspect was taken into custody and that the campus lockdown order had been lifted.

In an earlier statement, the university identified the suspect as Hollis Daniels.

According to a university statement, campus police made a student welfare check Monday evening and — upon entering the room — found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers then brought the suspect to the police station for standard debriefing.

"During this time, the suspect pulled a gun and mortally shot an officer," Texas Tech Police Chief Kyle Bonath said. "The suspect fled on foot and later apprehended by . . . (campus police) near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum."

Texas Tech officials initially issued a lockdown alert to students on social media, urging those on campus "to take shelter in a safe location."

"The family of the officer is in the thoughts and prayers of the Texas Tech community," said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. "I want to express my deep appreciation to the Texas Tech Police Department, Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock Sherriff's Office, and other state and federal law enforcement officials for their response."

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also issued a statement about the shooting late Monday, saying "hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed." Abbott also said he had mobilized state law enforcement resources to aid in the investigation.

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