Hollis Daniels Confessed to Killing Police Officer on Campus, According to Warrant

LUBBOCK, TX - An arrest warrant provided new details Tuesday morning into the murder of a Texas Tech police officer.  It happened Monday night at the Texas Tech Police Department.

Hollis Alvin Daniels, 19, a freshmen, was arrested for capital murder a little more than 90 minutes after the report of a shooting.

The officer killed was identified as 48-year old Floyd East Jr. Earlier, we withheld the officer's name until we confirmed that his closest next of kin had been notified.

The warrant said: 

IN THE NAME AND BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: Before me the undersigned Assistant Criminal District Attorney of Lubbock County, Tx, this day appeared the undersigned affiant, who under oath says that he has good reason to believe and does believe that in Lubbock County, Texas, HOLLIS DANIELS III hereafter styled the Defendant, heretofore on or about the 9th day of October, A.D. 2017, did then and there intentionally or knowingly cause the death of an individual, namely, XXXXX XXXX, by shooting him, and the said XXXXX XXXX was then and there a peace officer who was acting in the lawful discharge of an official duty, to-wit: making an arrest, and the defendant knew XXXXX XXXX was a peace officer; 

AGAINST THE PEACE AND DIGNITY OF THE STATE. Sworn to and subscribed before me on October 09, 2017 

On October 9, 2017 Hollis Daniels was arrested by Texas Tech Police Department Officer XXXXX XXXX for possession of a control substance. Officer XXXX transported Hollis Daniels to the Texas Tech Police Department where Officer XXXX was completing booking paperwork for Hollis Daniels arrest. 

Corporal Tyler Snelson advised Officer XXXX was completing paperwork at the computers in the briefing room.  Corporal Snelson observed Officer XXXX facing the computers while Hollis Daniels was facing in the opposite direction. Officer XXXX and Hollis Daniels were slightly offset from each other. At the time Hollis Daniels was not wearing handcuffs. Corporal Snelson left the briefing room and went to an office nearby. 

Shortly after, Corporal Snelson heard a bang from the briefing room. Corporal Snelson went back into the briefing where he saw Officer XXXX with an apparent gunshot wound. 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. 

Hollis Daniels was located near 2720 Drive of Champions, City Bank Coliseum, where he was subsequently taken into custody, A .45 caliber pistol loaded with RP ammunition was located where Hollis Daniels was arrested. A police body camera was also located near where Hollis Daniels was arrested. Hollis Daniels stated to officers that he was the one that shot their friend. 

Detective Daniel Williams and I interviewed Hollis Daniels, Hollis Daniels immediately stated he "f****d up." Hollis Daniels went on to say he was arrested and taken back to the police department. Hollis Daniels then stated that he did "something illogical"

Related Story: Police Officer Shot and Killed on Texas Tech Campus Monday Night


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