Family of slain Texas Tech officer expresses gratitude to Lubbock, El Paso

Family of slain Texas Tech officer expresses gratitude to Lubbock, El Paso

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The family of fallen Police Officer Floyd East Jr. would like to release the following statement. Officer East was a native El Pasoan who was killed Oct. 9 while working at the Texas Tech Police Department in Lubbock.

"On Oct. 9, we lost Floyd East Jr., a beloved father, husband, brother and son. The past few weeks have been difficult for our family as we come to terms with his passing. The weeks, months and years ahead will be difficult as well.

On Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 19-year-old Hollis "Reid" Daniels was indicted by a Lubbock Grand Jury, charged with Capital Murder of a Peace Officer. Daniels is accused of shooting Texas Tech Police Officer Floyd East, Jr. on the evening of Monday, Oct. 9.

Conviction on a capital murder charge carries a penalty of execution or life in prison without the opportunity for parole. Prosecutors didn't immediately say whether they will seek the death penalty for Daniels, who remains jailed in Lubbock.

Daniels is also facing federal weapons charges. A federal court in Lubbock issued that indictment on Wednesday, Oct. 11, stating that Daniels "did knowingly possess, conceal, store and dispose of a stolen firearm, a Springfield Model XD45 .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol."

Daniels remains in the Lubbock County Detention Center, held on $5 million bond.

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