Texas Tech Shooting: Campus cops were told student may have weapon

Hollis A. Daniels, accused of killing a Texas Tech University Police Officer. (MGN Online)
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech University's campus police chief says an officer went to check on the well-being of a 19-year-old student because the department received reports that he had been acting erratically and might have "a weapon."
Police Chief Kyle Bonath said Tuesday at a news conference that the student, Hollis Daniels III, later "pulled a gun" and shot the officer, Floyd East Jr., on Monday while being booked on a drug possession charge at the campus police station. Authorities have said Daniels wasn't handcuffed at the time.
Bonath didn't take questions at the news conference, and it's not clear if he meant that Daniels drew a gun he had on him. He also didn't say whether Daniels had been checked for weapons when first arrested on the drug charge.
The chief also said Daniels' family called a campus counseling center to say he may be suicidal and may have a gun, but Bonath didn't specify whether that call happened before or after the shooting.
Daniels is charged with murder.

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