Students who live at the same residential hall as the alleged shooter, 19-year-old Hollis Daniels, are particularly shaken up after seeing officers arrive at Daniels' dorm room.
Daniels was arrested for capital murder a little more than 90 minutes after the report of a shooting.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Texas Democratic Party deputy executive director Manny Garcia apologized for the tweet, which has been deleted.
During the search, Bonath said, the university counseling center told police that Daniels' family had "called to express concerns that the student might be in possession of a weapon and making comments about suicide".
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Texas Tech did not immediately identify the officer who was killed.
It may have happened in Lubbock, but the law enforcement community across Texas, is in mourning.
IN THE NAME AND BY AUTHORITY OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: Before me the undersigned Assistant Criminal District Attorney of Lubbock County, Tx, this day appeared the undersigned affiant, who under oath says that he has good reason to believe and does believe that in Lubbock County, Texas, HOLLIS DANIELS III hereafter styled the Defendant, heretofore on or about the 9th day of October, A.D.
The corporal said he left the room and then heard a gunshot, according to the affidavit. East's body camera as missing, and his pistol was in his holster, according to the affidavit.
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One by one students, stopped by the Will Rogers statue to pay their respects to fallen Texas Tech police officer, Floyd East Jr.
University officials say East had gone to Daniels' room for a welfare check and found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
In the year or so since Texas first allowed guns on campus, many university officials across the state have said that the law has not caused any problems. He began working for the university's El Paso campus in 2014.
Jail records indicate Daniels had previous run-ins with the law, faced drug charges and was briefly booked into jail for speeding. The suspect then fled on foot before being apprehended a short time later. The officers noticed drugs and drug paraphernalia in the room, and when he returned to the room, they brought him to the Texas Tech police station.
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"During this time, the student pulled a gun and fatally shot officer Floyd East", said Chief Kyle Bonath, Texas Tech Police Department. During the search, Daniels showed up to the room and was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia, Bonath said.