Search of stu­dent sus­pect didn’t save of­fi­cer

Busted in drug case, teen was still able to pull gun, po­lice say

The Dallas Morning News - - Obituaries -

A Texas Tech Univer­sity stu­dent ac­cused of killing a cam­pus po­lice of­fi­cer was searched at some point be­fore he pulled a gun while be­ing booked on a drug charge at the po­lice sta­tion, au­thor­i­ties said Thurs­day.

Lubbock Po­lice Chief Greg Stevens said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence that Hol­lis Daniels III was searched af­ter cam­pus po­lice Of­fi­cer Floyd East Jr. went to his dorm room Mon­day to check on his wel­fare, but he didn’t say whether the search oc­curred be­fore or af­ter East brought Daniels to the cam­pus po­lice s t ation.

Daniels, 19, wasn’t in hand­cuffs while East was book­ing him on the drug pos­ses­sion charge. Au­thor­i­ties say Daniels, who pre­vi­ously had been ar­rested by cam­pus po­lice on drug charges in Septem­ber 2016, pulled a hand­gun, fa­tally shot East and fled. He was cap­tured within two hours and charged with cap­i­tal mur­der. He was be­ing held Thurs­day on $5 mil­lion bail. Daniels ad­mit­ted to the shoot­ing, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit, telling po­lice he did “some­thing il­log­i­cal.”

On l ine j ail records didn’ t in­di­cate whether Daniels has an at­tor­ney who could speak on his be­half. Mes­sages left for his fam­ily in Seguin, near San An­to­nio, were not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

Po­lice also said Thurs­day that of­fi­cers had stopped Daniels’ car on Sun­day — a day be­fore the shoot­ing — be­cause it matched the de­scrip­tion of one driven by some­one sus­pected of steal­ing a gun from a Lubbock home that day.

Po­lice spokes­woman Kasie Whit­ley said Daniels had threat­ened some­one at the home. Daniels was charged Wed­nes­day in fed­eral court on a count of pos­ses­sion of a stolen firearm. The in­dict­ment de­scribes the gun as a .45, which is the cal­iber used in the shoot­ing of East.

The of­fi­cers who stopped Daniels’ car didn’t have prob­a­ble cause or his per­mis­sion to search the ve­hi­cle, and he was al­lowed to drive off.

East, the slain of­fi­cer, had served as a guard at Texas Tech’s El Paso of­fice un­til he was hired as a Texas Tech po­lice of­fi­cer in Lubbock on May 1. He leaves be­hind a wife and two daugh­ters.



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