(Lubbock) -- More details are now being released about the fatal shooting of a Texas Tech University police officer. A 19-year old student from Seguin apparently confessed to the crime. According to reports from the Lubbock Alvalance-Journal, Hollis Alvin Daniels III, who is known locally as Reid Daniels, told detectives in Lubbock that he screwed up. He allegedly made the statement after he was arrested Monday night. Reid is charged with the shooting death of Officer Floyd East Jr.
Texas Tech officials say campus police made a student welfare check on Daniels on Monday night. East took Daniels to the campus police station after finding drugs in his apartment. University spokesperson Chris Cook offered a statement Monday night.
"Upon entering the student's room, they noticed some drug paraphanelia and some other items. So they brought the student down to the Texas Tech Police Station, and had a debriefing, which is normal procedure. Sometime during that debriefing, the student pulled a gun and fatally wounded one of the officers. He fled on foot, and later this evening the suspect was apprehended without further incident," said Cook.
The Lubbock newspaper’s latest account says that Daniels “had not been handcuffed.” It stated that East was working on booking paperwork for Daniels. Another officer in the room said he walked out, and shortly thereafter, he heard a loud bang. He returned and found that East have been shot. The officer’s body camera was said to be missing, and his pistol was still in his holster. Reports indicate that a .45 caliber handgun and the missing body camera were discovered when Daniels was arrested. Daniels has now been charged with capital murder-police officer/fire. He’s now being held in the Lubbock County jail in lieu of a $5 million bond.
Reid Daniels is the son of former Seguin City Councilman Dan Daniels, and his wife, Janis. The family operated movie houses in Seguin, including the Palace and Texas theaters, for decades. The Texas Theater was sold to the Seguin Conservation Society several years ago, but the Daniels family maintains ownership of the Palace Theater on South Austin Street in downtown Seguin.
Texas Tech officials issued a statement Monday night thanking the Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock County Sheriff's Office and other state and federal law enforcement agencies for responding and assisting with the situation. Governor Greg Abbott also issued a statement saying that his heart goes out to the family of the police officer killed. He also said that he has mobilized state law enforcement resources to aid in the investigation.