On Monday a Texas Tech University police officer was shot and killed by a 19-year-old student who was allegedly involved in a drug-related incident on campus. But the full facts of the case weren’t even known before the Texas Democrat Party tried to politicize the shooting in an attempt to make the story into just another bald attempt to eliminate the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.
The shooting occurred late on Monday, and local police immediately launched a dragnet to find the shooter. He was found not long after, according to Fox News.
The suspect, identified as Hollis Daniels, had been brought to the police station after a welfare check when he suddenly shot and killed the officer earlier in the evening before bolting from the scene, officials said.
Texas Tech is on lockdown after an Tech PD officer was shot and killed. Suspect Hollis Daniels is on the loose. pic.twitter.com/Dh2rFwc2Ov
— Sarah Self-Walbrick (@SarahFromtheAJ) October 10, 2017
Police reported finding “evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia” in Daniels’s room, Fox 34 reported.
The arrest warrant also identifies the murdered officer as Floyd East, Jr. He had arrested Daniels for possession of a controlled substance and was filling out booking paperwork for Daniels’ arrest when he was killed. Another Tech police officer, Corporal Tyler Snelson, told LPD investigators that he saw Officer East facing computers doing the paperwork while the suspect was facing the opposite direction. Corporal Snelson noted the suspect was not wearing handcuffs.
When Corporal Snelson heard a bang from another room, he went and found Officer East with a gunshot wound. Daniels was gone. A .45 caliber shell casing was located near Officer East and his body camera was missing. Officer East’s pistol was in its holster.
The warrant states Daniels was located near the Coliseum, where he was taken into custody. Police found a .45 caliber pistol and ammunition there. Officers also found the missing body camera nearby. According to the arrest warrant, Daniels told officers he was the one who shot their friend and he told detectives that he “f—ed up” and did “something illogical.” Daniels’ bond is set at $5 million.
— Matthew Watkins (@MWatkinsTrib) October 10, 2017
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statement asking for prayers for the family of the murdered officer.
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) October 10, 2017
So, let’s review. A 19-year-old student involved in a possible drug offense murdered a police officer on the campus of Texas Tech University.
So, as all this was happening, here’s a screenshot of what the Texas Democrat Party tweeted and then deleted.
Several Twitter users quickly pointed out the truth of the matter…
You don't even know what happened, you ghoulish pricks.
— Carl Gustav (@CaptYonah) October 10, 2017
A cop was just killed and you know 0 facts about the situation, but you thought it was a good time to push a political message?
— (((AG))) (@AG_Conservative) October 10, 2017
Seriously? An officer just lost their life. Thousands of people just went through the scare of their life. And your bringing up politics? https://t.co/IzOxWznaTb
— Zach Haynie (@thezachhaynie) October 10, 2017
An officer is dead & TX Dems are ready to blame concealed carry before there's any proof. Gotta get a victory lap while body's still warm! https://t.co/Sv3RgvK5lj
— Sarah Rumpf (@rumpfshaker) October 10, 2017
1. Let no tragedy go to waste.
2. Ignore facts.
3. Politicize gun laws, even when it doesn’t make sense. https://t.co/pJi9djiHHU
— Conservative Review (@CR) October 10, 2017
But the Tweet didn’t sit well with better informed Texans, either, Twitchy.com noted.
Indeed, a host of Twitter users noted that the Democrat Party’s tweet was little else but an ill-informed line of nonsense.
It turns out the Party’s “concealed carry” point was off topic because the accused shooter wasn’t legally obeying the concealed carry laws in the first place.
1. Campus carry is 21+ only. Suspect is 19
2. Guns still not allowed in dorms
3. No report saying he was even armed when they brought him in https://t.co/YTv8PUhvZz
— M a d i s o n (@Madison_927) October 10, 2017
He was 19 you have to be 21 to campus carry thank you for proving that criminals will not follow gun laws. https://t.co/y490WpXgaD
— squid (@JoshJarabek) October 10, 2017
You have to be 21 to campus carry.
Shooter was 19.
Guns laws don't prevent criminals from owning Guns.
You dumbasses. https://t.co/qmWRrLAR9v
— Meg Canady (@megcanady) October 10, 2017
Criminals breaking laws. Imagine that!