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. There, Daniels was left alone with an officer in a room.
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.
"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. Hollis Daniels was no longer in the room, A.45 caliber shall casing was located near Officer XXXX, Corporal Snelson also advised Officer XXXX's police body camera was missing and Officer XXXX's pistol was In his holster. According to the police report, East arrested Daniels at his dormitory and brought him to the Tech Police Department. He was booked into the Lubbock County Jail on a $5 million bond.
"He was a great guy", Tech Police Sgt. Amy Ivey said. It was something that has been his dream since he can remember.
Corporal Tyler Snelson advised Officer XXXX was completing paperwork at the computers in the briefing room. He was always eager to learn and be there to help each other out.
"The last thing we needed was for a CHL to think someone was a threat and draw a weapon", he said, using the initials for a concealed handgun licensee.
Later in the day, hundreds of students held a candlelight vigil at Memorial Circle for East.
Thomas Bonds of the Lubbock city police department said Daniels confessed to killing East after his recapture Monday night, telling detectives he had done "something illogical" and that "he was the one that shot their friend". "I know that the Texas Tech community will respond with support for the family and one another", Schovanec said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott echoed the sentiments, saying "hearts go out to the family of the police officer killed".
Texas Tech Police Chief Kyle Bonath said when the suspect was still at-large, police were informed by the counseling center that Daniels' family called to express concerns Daniels may be in possession of a weapon and may be suicidal.
The Odessa and Midland Police Departments have a close working relationship with the police department in Lubbock. LPD says they will release information at a later time.