The 19-year-old Texas Tech student accused of shooting dead a campus police officer had been pulled over hours earlier due to reports he made terrorist threats, according to a new report.
Hollis Daniels pulled out a gun and fatally shot Texas Tech Officer Floyd East Jr. at the school’s police headquarters in Lubbock, Texas, on Monday night after drugs were found in his room, according to the school’s spokesperson Chris Cook.
It has since been revealed that Daniels encountered Lubbock Police much earlier that day during a traffic stop, according to sources who spoke to KCBD.
Police pulled Daniels over early Monday morning after receiving a report that he stole a firearm and made a terrorist threat, KCBD reported. It remains unclear who called the police.
The 19-year-old was not in handcuffs when he allegedly shot East with a gun he brought to the police station.
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When Daniels refused to have his car searched by Lubbock Police, officers sent him on his way, concluding they did not have probable cause to do so, according to KCBD.
Hours later, his suitemates reported he was acting erratically, and Daniels’ mother called the school requesting officials check on her suicidal son, Newsweek reported.
Texas Tech police found drugs and drug paraphernalia in his room, although Daniels wasn’t there at the time for the welfare check, Cook revealed.
Daniels fled after the shooting, and Texas Tech was placed on lockdown for more than an hour before he was found near the City Bank Coliseum
It remains unclear when and where Daniels was picked up by the police, but he was eventually taken in for a “standard debriefing” at the campus police station, where he allegedly shot East with a gun he had on him.
The 19-year-old was not handcuffed at the time, and a campus spokesperson confirmed to NBC that Daniels did not use a police department gun in the shooting.
On Wednesday, Daniels was indicted for possession of a stolen firearm. He also faces a charge of capital murder of a peace officer.
Texas Tech students gather at Memorial Circle to honor Floyd East Jr., a Tech police officer, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
Daniels fled after the shooting, sparking a lockdown at Texas Tech before he was found near the City Bank Coliseum, according to an arrest affidavit.
He later admitted to investigators that he shot their friend, saying he “f—– up” and did “something illogical”, according to the affidavit.