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Texas Tech lights up stadium in honor of fallen police officer

12 October, 2017, 01:03 | Author: Samuel Sharp
  • TTU students writing handwritten cards for Officer East

According to initial reports, Officer East discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia inside the young man's dorm room after campus police received a report of "a student behaving erratically who was believed to be in possession of a weapon". Hollis Daniels was no longer in the room, A.45 caliber shall casing was located near Officer XXXX, Corporal Snelson also advised Officer XXXX's police body camera was missing and Officer XXXX's pistol was In his holster.

Quinn Cox, a junior at the University of Texas, Austin, and the Southwest region director for Students for Concealed Carry, said that conversations about campus carry were irrelevant to Monday's shooting, since Daniels was afoul of the law, having a firearm in his dorm under the circumstances he did.

On the evening of October 9, a Texas Tech police officer was mortally wounded. But a person must be at least 21 years old to get a concealed carry permit in Texas, so Daniels wouldn't qualify. At the Will Rogers statue, which is traditionally wrapped in red for home football games, the effigy was wrapped in black and blue, and throughout the day, students left flowers and paid their respects to officer Floyd East, Jr.

"I'd like to offer our condolences of the family of the fallen officer and the entire Texas Tech police department".

It's unclear whether Daniels has obtained an attorney. "After Aug. 1, it is still a felonious act to have an unlicensed weapon on campus, to carry a weapon on campus that's unlicensed". He began working for the university's El Paso campus in 2014.

"I don't know how to relate to a 19-year-old that has obviously got some drug issues, so I can't relate to that", Longtime Family Friend Hilmar Starke said. LPD says they will release information at a later time. The police report only states Daniels was arrested for possession of a controlled substance following a student welfare check. It wasn't clear whether the chief meant they called the center before or after East was shot, and school officials didn't respond to messages seeking additional details.

Newbern said that in the aftermath of a shooting, licensed and responsible gun owners are often unfairly lumped with violent criminals.

"These kinds of preventable deaths are part of the litany of tragedies that are smaller scale than mass shootings, but part of the everyday fabric of this country's abundant gun culture", she said in an email.

Although he's a registered gun owner, Smith said he has been a vocal opponent of the "campus carry" law because of incidents like Monday's shooting.

"Regardless of whether the state or this institution had a policy one way or another, if the individual possessed a firearm, he would have been possessing it illegally", she said.

Daniels then led officers on a pursuit across campus, according to Bonath.


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