Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Texas Tech Shooting Suspect Used Gun He Brought Into Station: School

TTU students writing handwritten cards for Officer East TTU students writing handwritten cards for Officer East
Heather Davidson | 12 October, 2017, 00:59

More details on the Texas Tech shooting suspect were released Tuesday.

Some important questions remain unanswered as police continue their investigation into the fatal shooting of Officer Floyd East, Jr.

Officers received information of a student acting erratically and who reportedly had a weapon.

The shooting death of a Texas Tech University police officer has renewed the debate over a controversial state law that allows students and faculty to carry concealed handguns on campus. Another officer left the room and heard a bang. East's body camera was also missing, but his service weapon was still holstered.

The big question is, how did Daniels allegedly get a gun into police headquarters? After the shooting, Daniels fled the scene and the university went on lockdown for about an hour and 15 minutes until he was apprehended.

According to an arrest-warrant affidavit, Daniels - who was not wearing handcuffs - was standing near an officer in the department's briefing room while he completed paperwork for Daniels' arrest.

It was only during the search for Daniels that the school's counseling center revealed that his family had called to say he was making comments about suicide and were anxious he had a weapon, Bonath explained.

Daniels, who is from the San Antonio suburb of Seguin, is charged with capital murder of a peace officer and is being held in the Lubbock County jail on a $5 million bond.

Daniels' records posted online by the Lubbock County Jail did not list an attorney.

He's had prior run-ins with the law. Daniels' roommate also said that the 19-year-old was showing "odd behavior", Cook added. The elder Daniels was a city councilman from 1998 to 2002 and again from 2006 to 2010, when term limits prevented him from running for re-election.

Bonath said that the Texas Tech counseling center got a call earlier on Monday from Daniels' family saying he may have a weapon and be suicidal.

Although the law has faced resistance - including a lawsuit from professors at the University of Texas, Austin, which has since been dismissed by the judge - a Houston Chronicle analysis found mixed evidence on how much campus carry has or hasn't changed campus life. It was his first job in law enforcement, according to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

"I want to convey to the wife of Officer East, their two daughters and their extended family our heartfelt condolences, and to assure them that they are in our prayers", Schovanec said during the news conference.

Arrington said despite being heartbroken by the senseless act of violence he applauds the Texas Tech and Lubbock Police Department for their quick response to an active shooter situation.

Sue Riesling, executive director of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, said that the association did not see a link between campus carry and Monday's shooting. He said the law was designed for unsafe incidents on college campuses because it gives licensed gun owners the ability to defend themselves and their peers.

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