Skooter reporting 08/14/12
Two people were killed by a man, including a law enforcement officer who was serving him an eviction notice at a home near Texas A&M University, on Monday. Police eventually shot the suspect dead in a gun battle that lasted half an hour, officials said.
Also injured were four people, city officials in College Station said. The shooting happens at a time of national concern over gun violence after two recent mass shootings.
Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann was the dead officer, said Scott McCollum, assistant chief of the police department in College Station. Bachmann, 41, was shot in front of the house, about two blocks from the Texas A&M campus. He was declared dead at a hospital. While the gunman was identified as Thomas Caffall, 35, and the bystander killed was Chris Northcliff, 43, of College Station.
Authorities is still checking on the gunman’s background, College Station city spokesman Jay Socol said. It was not known whether Caffall was renting the home or was being evicted for nonpayment of a mortgage, he said.
People who were wounded in the shooting were a 55-year-old woman, who underwent surgical procedure, and College Station police officer Justin Oehlke, who was shot in the leg and is now in stable condition after being treated, officials said. Two other officers were injured at the scene by what police called gun shrapnel were Brad Smith and Phil Dorsett. Both were release after being treated at a hospital.