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posted: 8/14/2012 9:37 AM

Veteran officer, gunman die in Texas shootout

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  • Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann, who was shot and killed while serving an eviction notice near Texas A&M University on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 in College Station, Texas.

      Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann, who was shot and killed while serving an eviction notice near Texas A&M University on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 in College Station, Texas.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Serving an eviction notice near Texas A&M University turned deadly for Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann when the resident opened fire on him, leading to the death of the officer and another man before the gunman was killed.

The violence Monday left a neighborhood shaken, a law enforcement community in mourning and the family of 35-year-old gunman Thomas Alton Caffall "distraught by the havoc that he has caused."

Officers responding to the scene exchanged shots with the gunman for nearly 30 minutes.

By then, Caffall and Bachmann had been mortally wounded. So was 43-year-old Chris Northcliff, of College Station, who was apparently caught up in the gunfire.

Police wouldn't speculate on what sparked the deadly outburst, which is the latest shooting nationwide resulting in multiple deaths in recent weeks.

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