The Texas Department of Public Safety will conduct a review of Texas Tech’s campus safety and security policies and practices following the shooting death of Tech Police Department Officer Floyd East Jr. last week, according to a news release from the university.
“Safety and security are the highest priorities of Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University System,” Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said in the news release. “This was a tragic event for everyone affiliated with Texas Tech University, and it is appropriate that we conduct a post-review process to ensure we continue to provide a safe environment for the entire campus community.”
Tech announced last Thursday that an external administrative review would be conducted, but did not say what organization would be assisting in the investigation.
The Lubbock Police Department is leading the criminal investigation into the shooting, which so far has led to the arrest of Tech student Hollis A. Daniels, 19, on a capital murder charge in East’s death.
The administrative review will analyze Tech police procedures during Daniels’ arrest on a drug charge and events leading up to the shooting, according to a previous A-J Media article.
The DPS review is expected to answer many key questions in the case, such as how thoroughly Daniels was searched and why he was not handcuffed at the time of the shooting inside the campus police station.
Daniels was arrested the evening of Oct. 9 after, Tech police say, he shot East at the Tech police department as the officer was processing him after a drug-related arrest.