Slain Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East Jr., 48, was an El Paso native and Andress High School graduate, according to multiple sources.
East was identified early Tuesday morning as the campus officer who was allegedly shot and killed by 19-year-old Texas Tech freshman Hollis Daniels.
According to Texas Tech he began working as a guard for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso in December 2014.
While working at TTUHSC, Floyd began taking classes at EPCC to get his Basic Peace Officer Licence. He graduated from the Police Academy June 22, 2016 and transferred to the Texas Tech Police Department Lubbock campus on May 1, 2017.
Classmates posted a report in the Andress High School Alumni group early Tuesday morning confirming East’s death.
The shooting happened late Monday night after Daniels was taken into custody by East during a possession of a controlled substance call. The warrant states that East transported Daniels to the Texas Tech Police Department where paperwork was being processed for Daniels’ arrest.
Investigators allege that Daniels shot East in the head with a .45 caliber handgun and stole his body camera before fleeing the Texas Tech Police station.
Officers located Daniels on campus and took him into custody. The warrant alleges that Daniels was in possession of a .45 caliber pistol loaded with RP ammunition and a police body camera was located nearby.
Daniels allegedly told officers he “f****d up” and stated that he was the one that “shot their friend.”
East is survived by his wife, Carmen, and his two daughters, Ana and Monica.