LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - We were told that the events that led to the fatal shooting of a Texas Tech police officer began with a welfare check at Talkington Hall, but now sources tell KCBD that the story began much earlier, with a terroristic threat and the report of a stolen firearm, early Monday morning.
Sources tell us that Lubbock police spoke with accused shooter Hollis "Reid" Daniels during a traffic stop early Monday morning, after receiving a report of a terroristic threat and a stolen weapon.
LPD officers searched his person and asked to search the car, but Daniels refused consent. Police determined that they did not have probable cause to search the car.
Stevens defended the actions of his officers at a news conference on Thursday, explaining that "they're faced with the circumstance of whether or not to search this vehicle. They asked for consent and that was refused. They entertained whether or not they had enough to search it without that consent and they did not."
"There was not enough probable cause to search it on its own nor to get a warrant for the vehicle. They thought their might be perhaps even drugs in the vehicle. They looked into whether or not a drug dog was available to come and sniff the vehicle and there was not one available."
"They looked at a few avenues - ultimately, it would have been unconstitutional for the officers to search the vehicle. There was no arrestable charge. There was nothing to hold the individual on at that time so they released him."
"I want to be very clear on that, there is no criticism to be had of the officers at that time. They wrote their report and went on to the next calls."
Later that day, Texas Tech police received a call about a person with a weapon behaving erratically. This call prompted the welfare check that led to Daniels' arrest and the death of TTPD Officer Floyd East, Jr.
Sources say Texas Tech Police Department officers who went into Daniels' dorm room found drugs, marijuana and Xanax, and drug paraphernalia.
Daniels is now facing federal gun charges. A federal grand jury charged him with possession of a stolen firearm on Wednesday.
Lubbock Police Chief Greg Stevens will be providing updates about this case during a news conference, 9:30 a.m. Thursday. KCBD will be streaming this live online at KCBD.com and in our mobile app.