The man who shot at Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann may have been mentally ill according to sources. On Monday, August 13th, Brazos, 41, appeared at the home of Thomas Alton Caffall to serve an eviction order.
Caffall allegedly opened fire on the police officer, and responding police, notified via 911 by residents of a Texas A&M University neighborhood, found Bachmann and a 51-year-old College Station man, Chris Norcliff dead at the scene. Caffall was shot by police and died at the hospital. A recently identified woman Barbara Holdsworth, also 51, suffered injuries from the shooting as well, listed in serious condition as of Tuesday.
Caffall apparently suffered from some type of mental illness according to a statement released by a family lawyer, saying in part: "It breaks our hearts his (Caffall's) illness led to this." The family did not specify what mental illness the gunman suffered from. This example may serve as a reason gun owners should be evaluated for mental illness before they can buy one.
Bachmann was originally not scheduled to deliver the eviction notice, but volunteered to take the task from another deputy. The deputy originally intending to take the notice is likely feeling a mixture of guilt and relief now. He is the first Brazos County Constable to be killed in the line of duty for more than 120 years, the last on December 14th, 1889.
Caffall was not a student at Texas A&M, nor was he employed there according to officials. Two other officers suffered minor injuries, described as "shrapnel injuries" but were released.