Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec and University Police Chief Kyle Bonath sadly report the death of Police Officer Floyd East Jr.

Officers from the Texas Tech Police Department were dispatched to check the welfare of a student in one of the University’s dormitory buildings. When officers entered the student’s dorm room, they located illegal drugs and paraphernalia. The student was brought to the University Police Department headquarters for what was called a “standard debriefing.”

During the debriefing the suspect was not handcuffed. Following the debriefing, the student was arrested for possession of illegal drugs. While officers were conducting the arrest process, the student obtained a .45 caliber pistol from his waistband and shot Officer East once in the back of his head. The suspect-student then fled the building.

The school was placed on lockdown as they searched for the murderer. Another University police officer apprehended him about a mile and a half from the police station. The handgun used in the shooting was recovered near the suspect when he was apprehended.

The Texas Tech University Police, Lubbock Police Department, Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety are investigating the incident.

University Police Officer Floyd East Jr. is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Monday, October 9, 2017.

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

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