Police have confirmed alleged shooter Hollis Daniels has been taken into custody after reportedly killing a Texas Tech Police officer during a shooting that left the university campus on lockdown on Monday night.
Officials have identified Daniels as a 19-year-old white male from Seguin, and a freshman at Texas Tech who lived on campus.
Officers were reportedly performing a wellness check on Daniels while on campus when, upon entering his room, officers reportedly found evidence of drugs along with drug paraphernalia, according to a statement by Texas Tech spokesman Chris Cook.
When Daniels was brought into the department for questioning, he reportedly pulled a gun and shot an officer in the head before fleeing on foot. It is unclear if Daniels had the weapon on him upon entering the campus police station.
A campus emergency notification was issued shortly before 8:30 p.m., following the reported shooting.
“At this time, the shooter is still at large,” the notification reported.
During the event, numerous law enforcement officials were staged near 19th Street and Boston Avenue, including the Lubbock Police Department SWAT Team.
Lubbock Police spokeswoman Kasie Whitley, who remained on scene, said their agency was called to assist the Texas Tech Police Department.
The campus was on lockdown throughout the evening with students urged to take shelter in a safe location.
Bri Maldonado, a junior at Texas Tech, told A-J Media she received the emergency alert in reference to the shooting.
Living in the Carpenter/Wells Housing Complex, south of the police department, she said she began to panic.
“I was getting texts and calls from family members and friends,” she said, “even some I haven’t talked to in a while.”
Sitting on the floor away from her windows, she said she cried out of fear.
Keeping up with social media updates, she learned of Daniels’ arrest.
After 9:30 p.m., Whitley confirmed Daniels was taken into police custody.
At 9:55 p.m., LPD social media accounts stated a Texas Tech officer made the apprehension.
“A Texas Tech Officer was able to tackle the suspect as he fled & took him into custody. LPD officers were close behind & assisted,” the statement read.
Asked about the location of Daniels’ arrest, Whitley said she could not comment on those details.
Maldonado said she remains shaken.
“I never thought that this would ever happen at Tech,” she said. “You hear about shootings on campus, but you don’t fully understand until it happens on your campus.”
At the scene, Texas Tech Police Chief Kyle Bonath was visibly upset. Bonath restated previously given information and said more details will be available in the coming days. The name of the officer was not released as of Monday night.
University President Lawrence Schovanec said the campus will do everything it can to help the family of the fallen officer. Classes will continue as scheduled Tuesday morning.
Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan said in a news release:
“Words can’t express how saddened I am by the tragic loss of one of our Texas Tech University police officers tonight. Terri and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the officer’s family and the Texas Tech University Police Department. I would like to thank Governor Greg Abbott, Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope and all of the law enforcement professionals from across the area who supported our campus during this time of need. Our Texas Tech family is strong and will support each other as we grieve.”
This story was originally published in lubbockonline.com