UPDATE: College Station shooter identified by CSPD
POSTED: Monday, August 13, 2012 - 7:03pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 12:38pm
College Station, Tx — TUESDAY UPDATE (12:35 pm): Thomas Caffall's mother claims he had on and off mental health problems.
UPDATE (7:00pm): According to the College Station Police Department, the shooter's identity has been confirmed as 35-year-old Thomas Caffall.
The deceased civilian victim's name has been confirmed as Chris Northcliff, 51, of College Station. The woman who was shot has not been identified.
Authorities say Officer Justin Oehlke, who was shot in his leg, is out of surgery. Officer Brad Smith was treated and released from a local hopsital. Officer Phil Dorsett was treated at the scene .
UPDATE (4:15pm): The following people are being treated at a nearby hospital: 55 year old civilian woman who was shot, an officer who was shot in the calf, and two additional officers who have minor injuries.
Deputy Bryan Bachmann was killed while serving an eviction notice on the shooter. It is not clear at this time whether the shooter was the homeowner or if he was renting the property.
The shooter was in his mid-30s.
College Station Police say that it is difficult for the department to investigate the scenes, after the loss. However, there are multiple crime scenes, and the area is secured.
UPDATE (3:45pm): A Texas constable and two others were killed Monday in a shooting near Texas A&M University, police said.
Rhonda Seaton, a spokeswoman with the College Station police department, told CNN that the three people killed were the constable, the man authorities say exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officers and an unidentified civilian.
A few minutes earlier, Asst. Chief Scott McCollum, from the same police department, told reporters that multiple people had been shot in the incident, which occurred around noon just a few blocks from the Texas A&M campus.
The dead included Brian Bachmann, a constable in Brazos County, according to McCollum. According to his Facebook campaign page, Bachmann was a 41-year-old Republican from College Station who had been a Brazos County sheriff's deputy since 1993.
A male civilian was also killed, the assistant police chief said. A post on the city of College Station's official Twitter page identified this third victim as a "civilian bystander."
Three others were injured in the shooting. They included two law enforcement officers, including one who was shot in the leg, and a female civilian who was undergoing surgery at a hospital, according to McCollum. College Station reported via Twitter that the two officers are at hospitals and "are said to have non-life threatening injuries."
Texas A&M issued a Code Maroon -- the university's emergency notification system -- at 12:29 p.m. CT (1:29 p.m. ET), telling people to avoid the area where there was a report of an "active shooter."
The entire ordeal lasted around 15 minutes, with an 12:44 p.m. update also posted on the university's website indicating the alleged gunman was by then "in custody."
Law enforcement officers responding to a "shots fired call" arrived at the scene and found the constable down in the front yard of a home, according to McCollum. These officers "began taking fire (and) they defended themselves," the assistant police chief said.
"They ended up shooting the gunman and taking him into custody," McCollum said.
McCollum said it was "still unknown at this time" why Bachmann went to the College Station address. But Officer Jason James, with the police department in Bryan adjacent to College Station, told CNN that "there is a possibility that it was an eviction."
James pointed out 911 calls began coming in after law enforcement authorities were on the scene, rather than officers responding to a shooting that neighbors told them about.
"It's not like a disturbance where they were actually dispatched to it," James said. "They weren't responding to a shooting, but it turned into one."
Officer Jon Agnew with the Bryan Police Department -- a community that's adjacent to College Station -- noted the shooting occurred in a "residential area." He said earlier Monday afternoon that, while authorities had not yet ruled out additional suspects and continued to canvass the scene, they believed the area was safe.
"The area is secure," Agnew said. "We feel the community is safe for right now."
UPDATE: According to CNN, the three people killed were the constable, the man authorities say exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officers and an unidentified civilian.
UPDATE: At around noon, College Station police officers were called to the intersection of Fidelity Dr. and Highland to reports of shots fired.
Once officers arrived on scene in the 2200 block of Fidelity, they found a constable, later identified as Brian Bachmann, lying on the ground in the front yard. A man inside began shooting at police and they returned fire in self-defense. At this time, additional law enforcement was called to the scene.
During the gunfire, authorities shot the gunman and took him into custody. Officers immediately began CPR on the constable, and he was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Officials are still investigating as to why Constable Bachmann was at the location.
A second officer was shot in the leg. He is currently in stable condition.
Two civilians were also shot during the incident. One of the two, a man, has been pronounced dead. The second, a woman, is undergoing surgery.
UPDATE via Press Conference: Police have confirmed three people were killed in Monday's shooting near Texas A&M.
One of the victims has been identified as Constable Brian Bachmann.
Authorities say the gunman was also killed. The third deceased person has not been identified.
UPDATE via Press Conference:
According to Bryan Police Department spokesman Jon Agnew, at noon, shots were fired in the 200 block of Fidelity Drive.
Officers, as well as civilians, were injured and a shooter was taken into custody. All local law enforcement agencies were involved.
Agnew was not able to confirm how many officer were hurt.
UPDATE via CNN:
Several people, including law-enforcement officers, were shot Monday in an off-campus shooting near Texas A&M University, Officer Rhonda Seaton of the College Station Police Department said.
The following notices were posted to Texas A&M's emergency information page:
Update on active shooter. CSPD reports that the shooter is in custody. Continue to avoid the area. 12:44PM
Code Maroon issued:
Update on active shooter in College Station: The location of the active shooter is in the 200 block of Fidelity Dr. Stay away from the area. 12:38PM
Code Maroon issued:
Avoid Area. CSPD reports an active shooter in the area immediately southeast of the intersection of Welborn Rd and George Bush Drive. Please avoid the area. Residents in the immediate area need to remain inside their residence. 12:29PM