Police Officer Floyd East, Jr.

Police Officer Floyd East, Jr.

Texas Tech University Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, October 9, 2017

Floyd East, Jr.

Police Officer Floyd East was shot and killed inside of the Texas Tech University Police Department while questioning a narcotics suspect at approximately 8:30 pm.

Officers were conducting a welfare check on a freshman student after receiving reports from his family that he was suicidal and possibly possessed a weapon. Responding officers discovered narcotics and paraphernalia inside of his room as they checked on his wellbeing. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the police station for further investigation.

The subject, who was not handcuffed, shot Officer East in the back of the head with a .45 caliber pistol as he completed paperwork. The man then stole Officer East's bodycam and fled the police station. He was arrested a short time later and charged with capital murder.

Officer East had served with the Texas Tech University Police Department for five months. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.


  • Age 48
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge 635

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Charged with capital murder

narcotics, EDP, police station

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Not a day goes by that I don’t think about you. I don’t think I’ve ever met someone with such a positive attitude and eagerness to learn. I can’t even remember what your face looked like without a smile on it. You truly had an infectious personality.

I’ll never forget the old man jokes, or you telling us how to save money by installing solar panels on our homes. Or how you always made it a point to turn in your chair and say hi to us when we walked in the door, no matter how busy you were.

I’m truly greatful for getting to know you the time I did. You were a great police officer and an even better man, husband, father, and friend. It was an honor to serve beside you.

You will never be forgotten, and your legacy will live on through the rest of us. Rest easy now, your work here is done. We have the watch.

Corporal Tyler Snelson
Texas Tech Police Department

February 7, 2018

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