Texas Tech police went to check on the welfare of the student earlier on Monday and, after discovering drugs, the officers took the person to the school's police station, university spokesman Chris Cook said in an email. Another officer in the room left and then heard a loud bang, the affidavit states.
He was held near the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium along with a loaded.45-caliber pistol and a police body camera which was found nearby. Daniels could not have legally had a handgun on the university campus, both because a gun owner must be 21 to have a concealed carry license and a dormitory is a restricted area.
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.
Hollis Daniels, 19, was charged with capital murder of a peace officer Monday on the Texas Tech campus in Lubbock, Texas.
East, 48, had worked since May as an officer at the Lubbock campus.
He's had prior run-ins with the law. Records show Daniels was previously arrested in September 2016 while at Tech for possessing less than two ounces of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. 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.
While the university was on lockdown, the Texas Tech Student Counseling Center alerted authorities that Daniels's family had called to report the student might be in possession of a weapon and having suicidal thoughts. He began working for the university's El Paso campus in 2014. It was his first job in law enforcement, according to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. East is survived by a wife and two daughters, Bonath said.
Hopefully some of these questions will be answered at the Lubbock Police Department news conference about the shooting, Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also shared his condolences in a statement.
"I don't know how to relate to a 19-year-old that has obviously got some drug issues, so I can't relate to that", Longtime Family Friend Hilmar Starke said.
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.
Still, the slaying has renewed the debate about the controversial 2015 law that allows concealed carry permit holders to bring guns on campus, and loose gun laws in the state as a whole.