Texas Tech University was placed on lockdown at 8:23 p.m. after a TTU student shot a police officer at the TTU Police Department station.

The suspect was brought in for a debriefing for a different matter, shot an officer and fled on foot, according to tweets from TTU’s Twitter page. The suspect was at large from 8:23 p.m. until 9:34 p.m. TTU officials urged students at 8:23 p.m to take shelter.

TTU officials posted the same message on Facebook just before 9 p.m. The post had garnered over 19,000 shares as of 9:51 p.m.

Minutes after TTU freshman Trent Watts received an emergency alert in his email, police officers were lining 19th Street and Boston Avenue on campus, he said in a Twitter direct message.

Watts took shelter in a building on campus after receiving an emergency alert in his email.

After receiving the alert, Watts immediately contacted his friends and family to let them know he was all right, he said.

SWAT team units began leaving around 9:37 p.m., Watts said.

TTU officials urged students to avoid the TTU Police Department and the north side of campus at 9:34 p.m. after the suspect had been arrested.

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