Monday, December 11, 2017

Officer, gunman among 3 killed in Texas shootings

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A man being brought an eviction notice Monday opened fire on a law enforcement officer, setting off a shoot-out that left three people dead, including the officer and the gunman, near the Texas A&M University campus.

A 51-year-old man was the third person killed in the shootings at an off-campus home not far from the university's football stadium, said Scott McCollum, the assistant police chief in College Station.

Three other law enforcement officers and a 55-year-old woman were wounded, he said.

Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann had gone to the home with an eviction notice just after noon, McCollum said. Thomas Caffall, 35, who lived there, opened fire, police said.

Officers responding to reports of an officer down saw Bachmann wounded on the ground in the front yard, then got into what McCollum described as an extended shoot-out with Caffall, who eventually was shot.

Bachmann and the gunman were pronounced dead at a hospital. Police spokeswoman Rhonda Seaton said Chris Northcliff was outside the home when he was shot, as was the wounded woman, whose name had not been released by Monday evening.

The woman was hospitalized in serious condition after undergoing surgery. One of the injured officers, Justin Oehlkee, was treated for a gunshot wound in the calf and was in stable condition, Seaton said. Two other officers — Brad Smith and Phil Dorsett — were treated for "shrapnel injuries" and released, Seaton said.

Police declined to speculate on a motive for the gunfire. It was unclear whether Caffall took aim at the woman and Northcliff or whether they were shot in the exchange of fire with the officers.

The shootings prompted Texas A&M to issue an emergency alert warning students and residents to stay away from the area. Most of the university's 50,000 students were not on the campus about 90 miles northwest of Houston because the fall semester doesn't start until Aug. 27, university spokeswoman Sherylon Carroll said.

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