Hero Down: TTU Police Officer Floyd East Jr. Shot In The Back Of The Head

Officer Floyd East Jr. EOW 10/09/2017.

Officer Floyd East Jr. EOW 10/09/2017.

Officer Floyd East Murdered

Lubbock, TX – Texas Tech University Police Officer Floyd East Jr., age 48, was fatally shot in the back of the head while he was booking an arrestee on Monday night, October 9.

The incident occurred about 8:30 PM at the Texas Tech Police Department, according to CBS News.

Texas Tech Police Chief Kyle Bonath said that Officer East had gone to the dorm room of Hollis Daniels III on a welfare check, after reports were received “about a student behaving erratically who was believed to be in possession of a weapon.”

He said that the room was empty when Officer East arrived, and that the officer found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia.  Daniels came back to the room while Officer East was there, and he was arrested and taken to the police station by the officer.

Lubbock Police Detective Thomas Bonds said that Daniels wasn’t handcuffed while Officer East completed paperwork at the station.  A second officer was initally present but then left the room.

That second officer, who was not identified, heard a ‘loud bang’ after he left the room.  He rushed back to the room, and found Officer East “mortally wounded.”  Officer East apparently was not able to draw his weapon, which was still holstered.  He had been shot in the back of his head with a .45 caliber pistol, according to ODMP.

Daniels had fled, and had apparently stolen Officer East’s body-camera.  Police began searching for Daniels, and received a call from Daniels’ family during the search stating that they believed he was suicidal and might be in possession of a weapon.

After a brief foot chase from the police department, Daniels was captured near the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium when he was tackled by an unidentified Texas Tech police officer, and taken into custody.

Police found Officer East’s body-cam and a .45 caliber handgun nearby. When officers caught him, he immediately told them that he had “fucked up.”

Daniels later confessed to detectives, and said he had done something “illogical,” and that he “was the one who had shot their friend.”

Daniels, who is from Seguin, was charged with capital murder of a police officer, and is being held in the Lubbock County Jail under $5 million bond.  He had been charged with drug offenses by campus police on September 23.

The Texas Tech campus was on lockdown for about an hour on Monday night, and students were told to shelter in place.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott extended his condolences to the officer’s family, and said that he had mobilized the Texas Department of Public Safety to assist as needed.  He said, “As the Texas Tech campus deals with this heartbreaking tragedy, Cecilia and I pray for the continued safety of the students and the entire community”.

In a social media post, Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens said, “Heavy heart tonight.  Thoughts and prayers with Texas Tech Police Department.”

Officer East is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East, Jr., both blood and blue.  Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here.  Thank you for your service.

Officer East, your life mattered.

  • ProUSAProGOD

    Godspeed, Officer East. May your blood and blue families find comfort and peace in the tough days ahead. May justice be done for this senseless death.

  • NewWest 123

    😢🙏🏻

  • KEYSTONELIGHT

    I would say he should never been captured alive but then that would not be very professional of me would it…Oh well……………………………BAM…!………………. ~ Rest in Peace Officer Floyd ~ ..!

    • Beetlebailey

      I was disappointed when I saw that he had come quietly.

      • KEYSTONELIGHT

        Me too….!

  • Janet Kso

    Another sad day for the Police Dept and his family. Maybe he would still be alive if his family could have gotten him help sooner- but we will never know. This Officer risked his life to save others that might be in danger. I hate to hear about Officers getting hurt or killed when on the scene by themselves.

    • Highest common denominator

      You might find this cold but if he had followed procedure, this probably wouldn’t have happened.

      • LEO

        Of course it’s cold, but we expect nothing less from you.

        • Highest common denominator

          That doesn’t make it any less true, clown.

          • LEO

            Says the police expert….LOL

          • Highest common denominator

            Again, you don’t have to be a policeman to realize that bringing someone in that was said to be armed should require a thorough patdown.

            I honestly can’t tell at this point if you’re playing dumb for reaction, or are just dumb. How have you not injured yourself in your sleep yet? It defines logic.

          • LEO

            I think you meant to say “It defies logic”. If you’re going to call someone dumb you should probably double check your comment to avoid looking like an idiot.
            Getting back to your first observation, there is no doubt a mistake was made. The difference between you and I is that I will wait to bring up those mistakes after the body is cold, buried and the family has had a chance to grieve. People make mistakes all the time, even you. Most mistakes have no consequences. Policing is different. All mistakes are magnified a hundred fold and in some cases can lead to death.

          • Highest common denominator

            As they should. If you’re charged with protecting the public safety, you should definitely be held to a higher standard to those that aren’t charged with those duties. If there are protections in place that add extra penalty for harming an officer, there should be extra penalty for an officer betraying the trust of the public they are supposed to be defending.

          • LEO

            I found this fine example of how well black people express themselves when angry.
            http://lawofficer.com/special-topics/cowards-behind-the-camera/

          • Highest common denominator

            Textbook cracker ass cracker response. Does it compare to the angry cracker response, shooting hundreds in a defenseless crowd

          • LEO

            The video shows what police officers are faced with every single day. Instead of condemning the behavior of the passenger in the car you try to deflect by bringing up an isolated incident that occurred in LV. It appears you must approve of that type of behavior otherwise your response would have been different.

          • Highest common denominator

            Don’t mention deflection. That’s what that link was.

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        • william tell

          She’s right, this is why you search all arrestees to make sure they don’t have a hidden weapon. And you cuff them to something or this is what happens when a cop becomes lacks. He’d be alive if he did a through patdown. Theses no room for complacency.

          • LEO

            I agree. The HCD is a police hater and usually has nothing but criticism for anything the police are involved in. He’s not in law enforcement and never has been but he frequently comes across like he is some expert. That’s the reason for my snarky comment. I spent 25 years as a cop in south Florida. Unfortunately I have seen similar mistakes made due to complacency.

          • Highest common denominator

            I hate bad cops, get it right and stop inputting your cracker-ass cracker falsehoods.

            And your last line just agreed with my statement. Shut the fuck up.

          • LEO

            And I hate race instigators like you, sport. You’ve watched the videos I sent you that demonstrate why the police are so cautious around black males. It’s not bad police officers. It’s police officers reacting to the threat. I can continue to send you examples of the black males whose behavior is so threatening it’s a wonder there aren’t more police shootings of blacks. Instead of focusing on the police you would be better off spending your time trying to change your own neighborhoods. I mean how can you defend that 70+% of black children are born out of wedlock and are raised by a single parent?

          • Highest common denominator

            But still won’t acknowledge the inherent danger someone else can see in a white man.

          • LEO

            Lost in the uproar over the NFL sideline protests against police brutality are newly released statistics showing that the threat to black men is skyrocketing — not from trigger-happy or racist cops, but from crime.

            More than any other demographic group, black men are paying the price with their lives with a surging violent crime rate over the past two years, including a 20 percent jump in the overall homicide rate, even as the number of blacks killed by police declines.

            Using homicide figures from the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Report released Sept. 25, Manhattan Institute fellow Heather Mac Donald found that the number of black homicide victims has jumped by nearly 900 per year since the Black Lives Matter movement took root in 2014.

            “The majority of victims of that homicide surge have been black,” Ms. Mac Donald said in an email. “They were killed overwhelmingly by black criminals, not by the police and not by whites.”

            Meanwhile, the number of blacks killed by police dipped from 259 in 2015 to 233 in 2016, with 2017 so far coming in below both years with 175 deaths as of Oct. 12, according to The Washington Post’s Fatal Force database.

          • Peekin-In

            Stop sending him anything, he feeds off of it and is a glutton. Your fingers won’t have and ridges if you keep doing it. He’s a know it all, self centered, self righteous idiot who can only see his side.

          • Jonas Blane ll

            Wasn’t it just last week ,we saw Blue Lives Matter post videos on belligerent white men acting up after being pulled over by police? They even attacked the cops. Yet that doesn’t bother LEO. Just like how Hollis Daniels killing Officer East didn’t bother him. Or Seth Spangler killing Detective Earne. Or Ian Howard killing Cpl.Holbrook.

          • Highest common denominator

            They were all excused by one excuse or another.

  • Jonas Blane ll

    RIP East.

    Still waiting for Heather MacDonald AG Sessions Rudy Giuliani Sheriff Clarke and Harry Houck to talk about the climate, that caused white men like Hollis Daniels to kill 5 cops within a 2 week period.

  • granola girl

    The kid should have been cuffed and checked for weapons. What a ridiculously stupid waste.

  • Craven Morehead

    What a waste!….pat down, pat down, pat down. RIP sir.

  • Joseph Anthony

    Profile of shooter?

  • LEO

    Honestly, find a life, preferably away from all of us.

  • william tell

    I’m sorry this officer is dead. But you’re supposed to search suspects for weapons, and at least cuff them to something while you do your paper work. A .45 is kind of a big gun and not hard to find in a pat down. This is what happens when you become complacent, Dead!

  • Joseph Anthony

    Thats nuts. But there is a cure..

  • Jonas Blane ll

    Another example of the lenient treatment this person received due to white skin privilege:

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/texas-tech-student-pulled-hours-shooting-article-1.3557231

    Because of this lenient treatment Hollis Daniels and the lenient treatment given to Hollis by the cop who arrested him due to white skin privilege ,Hollis was able to kill Officer East.