College Station police killed a gunman after he fatally shot a constable and a bystander in a rampage that also injured a College Station officer and critically wounded a woman, authorities said.
Precinct 1 Constable Brian Bachmann, a longtime former deputy with the Brazos County Sheriff's Department, was serving eviction papers at the home near the Texas A&M campus.
Several sources confirmed for The Eagle that the suspect's name is Thomas Caffall, a 35-year-old whose Facebook page had multiple photos of guns. A neighbor who served in the military as a medic said he tried to help Bachmann, but it was too late.
Six hours after the incident, police released the names of other victims: College Station resident Chris Northcliff, 43, had nothing to do with the incident and was walking down the street when he was killed. A 55-year-old woman, also a bystander, was wounded by gunfire and underwent surgery at St. Joseph. She was listed in critical condition Monday evening. Her name has not been released.
The wounded College Station officer, Justin Oehlke, underwent surgery at The Med for a gunshot wound to the calf and is expected to recover. Two other College Station police officers, Brad Smith and Phil Dorsett, received injuries not related to the gunfire.
Witnesses described for The Eagle a chaotic scene that unfolded over a 15- to 30-minute period.
The incident appears to have started about 12:15 p.m. at a house in the historical district of the city close to George Bush Drive, the first of four scenes from which investigators would eventually collect evidence.
Authorities confirmed within 30 minutes of the first call that the suspect was “in custody.” The person apparently led police on a brief chase toward Wellborn Road.
Officials at the scene would not release any information within the first few hours following the shooting, other than to say the public was not in danger. Initial scanner reports said hospitals should expect “mass casualties.”
Texas A&M released a Code Maroon warning at 12:29 p.m. advising all students, staff and members of the public to avoid the area southeast of Wellborn Road and George Bush Drive, and to stay inside if they lived on Fidelity Street. A second warning was issued at 12:44 stating the shooter was in custody, but people should continue to avoid the area.
Wellborn Road near the Texas A&M campus was shut down for several hours.
Assistant Chief Scott McCollum said the investigation will continue into the night.
“It is a tough day for law enforcement and we ask that you keep everyone involve in this situation win your thoughts and prayers,” he said.
Bachmann was well known not just in Precinct 1, but throughout the county, especially in law enforcement. He twice won the Enrique Camarena Award for his efforts to stop drug trafficking. He joined the Brazos County Sheriff's Office in 1993 as a detention and booking deputy, later becoming a drill instructor at the county's Boot Camp. In 1995, he became a patrol deputy and started the field training program and helped write its manual. From 1998 to 2003, Bachmann was a part of the Brazos Valley Narcotics Task Force, before returning to the Sheriff's Office in 2005.
He was elected the Precinct 1 constable in 2010.
A prayer service is set for 7 p.m. Monday in the main sanctuary of A&M United Methodist Church. Christ United Methodist Church on Texas 6 also is hosting a service at the same time.
A candlelight vigil organized by students will start at the Sul Ross statue at 9 p.m.