Student, Officer Safety During Detainment Procedure
MCALLEN – The fatal shooting of a Texas Tech police officer is impacting college campuses hundreds of miles away.
Texas Tech freshman, Hollis Daniels of Seguin is accused in the shooting.
Lubbock authorities said the officer conducted a welfare check on Daniels at his dorm room.
The officer found drug paraphilia and detained Daniels. During processing at the police station, Daniels pulled out a gun and shot the officer. It happened Monday night.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out South Texas College to find the procedures college police officers use when they detain someone.
Texas Tech students reached out to their loved ones and friends on social media.
"Well one of their snaps says there's a shooter on campus and to all my friends, I love you all," said STC freshman student Nick Molina.
A message was the first sign of communication from Molina's friend on the Texas Tech, Lubbock campus.
It was sent during the Texas Tech lockdown. An officer there was fatally shot.
"It is a shame that it happened, because no one deserves to lose a life," said Molina.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS wanted to know how an incident like this could be prevented.
"You never really know when you might be the subject of an attack," said STC Police Chief Paul Varville.
Varville explained the procedure.
"Depending on what the circumstances are, the police office makes the determination as to what the safest approach would be," said Varville.
Varville explained the police officer first handcuffs and pats down a person then the suspect is taken to the campus police station.
"The police officer brings the vehicle into a gated area, unlock the gate and bring that person into our facility and then the officer will also remove his firearm and place it in a gun safe during the processing," said Varville.
Officers place the suspect in a separate room during processing stages. The STC police chief said a backup plan is always in place.
Monitors cover the walls in the STC dispatch center. They can see what happens in all five of the STC campuses. Each camera saves and records video for 30 days.
Molina said officers are in the buildings and patrolling the campus. They too have cameras on.
"It's just a matter of when it's going to happen and how do we react to it," said Molina.
Molina just wants to be prepared and for the campus officers to be able to keep the campus safe.
Varville explained the police department provides training for faculty and students for active shooter situations.