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    Death Penalty Sought for Hollis Alvin Daniels III in 2017 TX Murder of Officer Floyd East, Jr.







    TTU police officer shot, killed at TTPD headquarters; suspect in custody, lockdown lifted at TTU


    By KCBD Digital News

    LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock police confirm that a Texas Tech police officer has been shot and killed at Texas Tech Police Headquarters.

    It happened around 7:45 p.m. on Monday night at the Texas Tech Police building at 413 Flint Avenue. The suspect was taken into custody at 9:28 p.m. according to officials with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office. He was located near Jones AT&T Stadium.

    This is an all-clear message from Texas Tech University. The suspect has been apprehended at this time. Lockdown has been lifted on campus. Please continue to avoid Texas Tech Police Department and the north side of campus.


    Texas Tech officials tell us they did a welfare check on a student, found drugs and drug paraphernalia in his room and brought him in, once at the PD building, the student pulled a gun and shot the officer in the head, killing him. Then the student fled on foot.

    Police have identified the suspect as 19-year-old freshman Hollis Alvin Daniels.

    The inside of the building has been cleared and a SWAT team is assisting with the search.

    Everyone is advised to avoid the area of 4th & Flint.

    http://www.wlox.com/story/36556988/t...medium=twitter
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    Affidavit: Texas Tech student told police he 'f----d up' and 'shot their friend' following arrest

    By Caleb Downs
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    The Texas Tech student accused of fatally shooting a university police officer told police "he was the one that shot their friend" and later said he "f----d up" and did "something illogical," according to an arrest warrant obtained by mySA.com.

    The officer shot and killed has been identified as Officer Floyd East Jr.

    The warrant details what allegedly happened leading up to and after the shooting.

    Hollis Daniels, 19, of Seguin, was first arrested Monday evening on a drug possession charge when campus police responded to his room for a welfare check and reportedly found drugs and drug paraphernalia inside.

    According to his arrest warrant affidavit, officers took him to the campus police station, where an officer began working on the booking paperwork at one of the station's computers. His back was to Hollis, who was not handcuffed at the time.

    There was one other police officer in the room, a corporal, but he left the room as the officer worked on the booking paperwork, police said.

    A short time later the corporal "heard a bang from the briefing room," the affidavit says.

    When the corporal walked back in, he saw the officer suffering from a gunshot wound. Hollis was nowhere to be found, according to the affidavit. The corporal later told police the officer's body camera was missing, but that his pistol remained in its holster. A single .45 caliber shell casing was found near the officer's body, according to the affidavit.

    Authorities located Hollis a short time later in the 2700 block of Drive of Champions at the City Bank Coliseum, where he was arrested, officials said. A .45 caliber pistol and police body camera were found near the location of his arrest, officials said.

    During his arrest, Daniels allegedly said "he was the one that shot their friend." Later, in interviews with police, Daniels said he "f----d up" and did "something illogical."

    He was charged with capital murder and booked into the Lubbock County Jail.

    A judge set his bail at $5 million.

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    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

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    - Rev. Richard Hawke

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    Accused Texas Tech shooter now facing federal weapons charges

    By KCBD Digital News

    LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The student accused of shooting and killing a Texas Tech police officer is now facing federal weapons charges.

    A federal court in Lubbock issued an indictment on Wednesday charging Hollis Alvin Daniels, III with possession of a stolen firearm.

    The indictment says Daniels "did knowingly possess, conceal, store and dispose of a stolen firearm, a Springfield Model XD45 .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol, that had been shipped in interstate and foreign commerce before the firearm was stolen."

    http://www.kcbd.com/story/36575788/a...eapons-charges
    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

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    Search warrants provide new details on the night Seguin teen allegedly killed Texas Tech officer

    By Fares Sabawi
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    The night Hollis Daniels allegedly shot and killed a Texas Tech officer, police were reportedly called to his dorm room on reports a gun had been fired.

    The officers found Xanax and other unknown tablets and were told Daniels had been dealing drugs out of the room, according to newly released documents in the case.

    The 19-year-old from Seguin is accused of shooting Officer Floyd East on Oct. 19 with a stolen .45 caliber pistol in the campus police station. Police arrested Daniels later that night near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. He was charged with capital murder and possessing a stolen firearm.

    Recently released search warrants provided more details Thursday on what happened that night.

    In a search warrant, Lubbock police indicated the welfare check that sent officers to Daniels' room stemmed from reports a gun was fired in the room in Talkington Hall. Police were also told drugs were being sold out of the room, according to the warrant.

    Daniels' roommates allegedly told police after the shooting that Daniels was constantly smoking marijuana, using Xanax and that he dealt drugs to others.

    Three officers, including East, responded and made contact with Daniels. Officers handcuffed him after they discover suspected Xanax and "another quantity of unknown tablets," the warrant says.

    Police took him to the police station, where he was searched and placed unhandcuffed in the same room where East was filling out paperwork, officials said. Daniels somehow gained access to the gun and shot East before fleeing, authorities said.

    He was arrested soon after.

    A search of Daniels' room after the shooting turned up two laptops, a ledger, a diary, a pipe, white pills in a baggie and a digital scale, as well as a shell casing. Police also searched his car and discovered a prescription bottle and bag of small drug baggies, according to the warrant.

    If Daniels is convicted of capital murder, he faces life in prison or the death penalty.

    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/loc...d-12291143.php
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    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

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    - Rev. Richard Hawke

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    Capital Murder Indictment, Man Accused of Texas Tech Campus Cop Killing

    By Staff
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    LUBBOCK, TX - Hollis Alvin Daniels, 19, was indicted by a grand jury in Lubbock for capital murder on Wednesday. Daniels was arrested on October 9 less than two hours after Texas Tech police officer Floyd East, Jr. was shot and killed on campus.

    East and other officers arrested Daniels for drug possession, and Daniels was inside the Texas Tech police station. Although he was searched for a weapon, court records said somehow Daniels was able to conceal a stolen gun. Court records said Daniels was alone in a room with East when he pulled a gun and shot East.

    The indictment itself does not say if prosecutors will seek the death penalty. A call was placed to the office of Lubbock County Criminal District Attorney to ask for more information.

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    Family of fallen Texas Tech Officer Floyd East releases statement

    By Lucinda Holt
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

    The family of Texas Tech Police Department Officer Floyd East Jr. released a statement on Monday after he was killed in the line of duty on Oct. 9.

    East, 48, was a native of El Paso who began his career with the department on Dec. 2, 2014 as a guard at Texas Tech’s University Health Sciences Center while attending El Paso Community College Law Enforcement Academy to obtain his basic peace officer license.

    He is survived by his wife and two teenage daughters.

    A Texas Tech news release speaks of the family’s gratitude toward the support shown by Lubbock and El Paso Communities.

    “On Oct. 9, we lost Floyd East Jr.,” the statement reads, “a beloved father, husband, brother and son. The past few weeks have been difficult for our family as we come to terms with his passing. The weeks, months and years ahead will be difficult as well. As anyone who has lost a loved one knows, grief is crushing. It swallows you into darkness and despair. It robs you of hope. But the outpouring of love for our family during this time has lifted us up and delivered the hope we need as we cope with our loss.”

    East was reportedly killed by 19-year-old Hollis Alvin Daniels III following a check welfare call to Daniels’ dorm room.During a search of Daniels’ room evidence of drugs along with drug paraphernalia were located.

    Daniels was then taken to the TTU Police Department where East was in the process of completing paperwork for Daniels’ arrest when Daniels allegedly shot and killed the officer, taking East’s body-worn camera in the process.

    Daniels was located and arrested after a search, which left the campus on lockdown for several hours.

    According to reports, Daniels was accused of stealing a .45 caliber pistol earlier that day.The pistol was taken from a home in the 3400 block of 28th Street. A pat down was completed, however, police have not disclosed how the gun was obtained.

    On Nov.1, Daniels was indicted on a capital murder charge — an offense that carries a punishment of the death penalty or life in prison without parole.He remains jailed on $5 million dollar bond.

    On Oct. 17, East was laid to rest in a private service in El Paso, which followed a public service held at the Abraham Chavez Theater.Officers from numerous agencies attended the service to pay their respects to their brother in blue, for which the family is grateful, according to the statement:

    “We are eternally thankful for the kindness and support we’ve received from the Lubbock and El Paso communities. It warmed our hearts to see the hundreds of people who turned out for the processions and memorials in both cities. And we truly appreciate the kind words, cards, flowers, prayers and other beautiful gestures we’ve received from friends and strangers alike.

    “We also want to express our gratitude to the Texas Tech Police Departments in Lubbock and El Paso; the students, faculty and staff of Texas Tech University in Lubbock and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso; and the community of law enforcement and first responders who came from across Texas and across the country to show their support to Floyd and our family.

    “Floyd was a dedicated police officer who truly cared for the communities he worked in. He chose law enforcement as a career because he wanted to be part of the effort to keep cities safe — to make them great places to live and raise a family.

    “The overwhelming show of support in both Lubbock and El Paso tells us Floyd did the right thing. We are comforted by your love and kindness, and proud to be part of the communities that Floyd served.”

    http://lubbockonline.com/local-news/...-east-releases
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    State seeks death penalty against accused Texas Tech police officer shooter

    By Amber Stegall
    KCBD-TV

    LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - According to court documents, the State of Texas is seeking the death penalty against 19-year-old Hollis "Reid" Daniels III.

    Daniels has been charged with capital murder of a peace officer after Officer Floyd East Jr., a Texas Tech University police officer, was shot and killed in the campus police department on Oct. 9.

    The documents show the court has determined Daniels is indigent (poor) and a regional public defender has been appointed to represent him.

    On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, Daniels was indicted by a Lubbock Grand Jury, charged with capital murder of a peace officer. Prior to his indictment, court documents say counsel for Daniels filed a motion suggesting incompetence and requested a formal examination.

    The report has not been released, however, the court documents say informal conversations with the examiner indicate Daniels is likely to be found incompetent. If he were found incompetent and ordered to a competency restoration program, that inpatient program would be lengthy and located at North Texas State Hospital, Vernon Campus.

    "The restoration program is potentially lengthy; during this time, Mr. Daniels would be unable to sign authorizations for those records that could be obtained with a direct letter request."

    Because of the media coverage on this case, the 137th District Court issued a news media gag order on November 2, 2017, meaning people directly involved in the case are to refrain from further communication with the media.

    Conviction on a capital murder charge carries a penalty of execution or life in prison without the opportunity for parole.

    Daniels remains in the Lubbock County Detention Center, held on $5 million bond.

    Daniels is also facing federal weapons charges. A federal court in Lubbock issued that indictment on Wednesday, Oct. 11, stating that Daniels "did knowingly possess, conceal, store and dispose of a stolen firearm, a Springfield Model XD45 .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol."

    http://www.kcbd.com/story/36975129/s...fficer-shooter
    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

    “There are some people who just do not deserve to live,”
    - Rev. Richard Hawke

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