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Student arrested after police officer shot and killed at Texas college

The student was being taken for a “standard debriefing” after drugs were found in his room.

Police at Texas Tech University last night.
Police at Texas Tech University last night.
Image: Mark Rogers

US POLICE HAVE apprehended a 19-year-old student accused of fatally shooting a Texas Tech University police officer at the campus police station last night.

University officials issued an alert saying the suspect was taken into custody and that the campus lockdown order had been lifted.

In an earlier statement, the university identified the suspect as Hollis Daniels.

According to a university statement, campus police made a student welfare check last evening and — upon entering the room — found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Officers then brought the suspect to the police station for standard debriefing.

“During this time, the suspect pulled a gun and mortally shot an officer,” Texas Tech Police Chief Kyle Bonath said.

The suspect fled on foot and (was) later apprehended by … (campus police) near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

Texas Tech officials initially issued a lockdown alert to students on social media, urging those on campus “to take shelter in a safe location”.

“The family of the officer is in the thoughts and prayers of the Texas Tech community,” said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec.

“I want to express my deep appreciation to the Texas Tech Police Department, Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock Sherriff’s Office, and other state and federal law enforcement officials for their response.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also issued a statement about the shooting saying “hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed”. Abbott also said he had mobilised state law enforcement resources to aid in the investigation.

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