FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

The Law Officer's Pocket Manual - Bloomberg BNA
This handy 4" x 6" spiral-bound manual offers examples showing how rules are...

Top News

Constable Killed In Ambush Near Texas A&M, Suspect Dead

August 13, 2012  | 

Brazos County (Texas) Constable Brian Bachmann
Brazos County (Texas) Constable Brian Bachmann

A Texas constable and civilan bystander were fatally shot when a gunman opened fire on the officer as he served eviction papers at a residence near the Texas A&M University campus on Monday afternoon.

Brazos County (Texas) Constable Brian Bachmann, 41, was killed by the suspect, who was killed by responding officers, reports WFAABachmann had been a Brazos County sheriff's deputy since 1993 and was elected as Precinct 1 constable in January 2011, reports the Dallas Morning News.

The suspect has been identified as 35-year-old Thomas Caffall of Bryan, reports CNN.

Three other officers, including one from the College Station Police Department, and a male civilian were also wounded in the shooting, which began shortly after noon when the suspect began firing from a house, reports KBTX.

The university issued an alert about a shooter near its campus football stadium telling residents and students to avoid the area.

Comments (21)

Displaying 1 - 21 of 21

Pennsylvania Deputy State @ 8/13/2012 2:09 PM

Very sad to read this up here in Pennsylvania. I am thinking of Constable Brian Bachmann's family in this time of loss. Rest in peace brother Constable Brian Bachmann.
Pennsylvania Deputy State Constable
Joseph "Spike" Rogan
Coolbaugh Township, PA

Officer T. Brannan @ 8/13/2012 6:01 PM

My condolences to the family of Constable Bachmann. Its one of those things where you just never know when things can go crazy in a matter of seconds no matter what the call or situation is.

Im laid up right now I was in a fight with a bad guy over a protective order violaton and messed my knee up. The fight was very unexpected.

TONY VITTELI @ 8/13/2012 6:24 PM

It seems that police work is getting more dangerous all the time, I think partly because of the economy, drugs, etc. I reside in Utica N.Y. in a high crime area & I feel the police are in more danger. An officer should never respond to any kind of call alone. My heart goes out to constable Bachmann family.

9878 @ 8/13/2012 6:32 PM


Can anyone confirm "automatic" weapons, or is this the media overreacting again?

Gregory Saffady @ 8/13/2012 6:40 PM

This is so bad. This is the only time when others realize that there is no such thing as routine and that danger exists away from felony stops and high risk warrants. The hazards Constables,Bailiff, Court Officer face executing civil court orders are overlooked until this happens. God Bless The Buchanan Family and God watch over them in their hour of loss. Take your rest Constable.

Gregory Saffady @ 8/13/2012 6:44 PM

THE BACHMANN FAMILY. Spelling error. Our deepest condolences from our office.

hank hill @ 8/13/2012 7:25 PM

rip!!!! why does story read like the gunman was serving the papers?

P.J. Donnelly @ 8/13/2012 7:42 PM

Constable Bachman and his family are in my thoughts and prayers. Evictions, writs of attachment for children in custody disputes and bailiff duties are some of the most routine, but also the most dangerous things we as Deputy Constables do. RIP Constable Bachman.

Roger Metzgar @ 8/13/2012 8:23 PM

It is with great saddness I read this article. My thoughts as well as the thoughts of all Pennsylvania's State Constables go out to constable Bachmans family. Rest in peace brother our prayers go with you.
Roger Metzgar, vice president
Pennsylvania Fraternal Order Of Constables

Steve Findley @ 8/13/2012 8:28 PM

Our hearts go out to the Bachmann family.

Khan @ 8/14/2012 2:19 AM

Tragic. Prayers to the families of the officer and the civilians involved.

One witness report was that the shots were coming three at a time. Sounds like there was at least one weapon there that was capable of three shot bursts.

Tom @ 8/14/2012 4:13 AM


Some of us in rural areas have no choice but to respond to calls alone.
RIP Constable Bachmann. Peace be with your family.

R. Hemminger @ 8/14/2012 5:37 AM

RIP BROTHER...its with great sadness that anybof us who so this line of work goes before their time. My heart and prayers go ounto the Bachman family.. God keep you and bless you in this time of need.

Brad @ 8/14/2012 6:55 AM

I attended an in-service training class with Brian and taught another one he attended while he was a deputy sheriff. He was a good man and a good officer. Texas Law Enforcement has lost a brother and the public has lost an asset.

Steven Ross @ 8/14/2012 7:56 AM

"There is no greater deed than to lay your life down for another". It seems like as the economy worsens people get more desperate and angry and unfortunately these people take there rage out on any authority figure when clearly it is not our fault. Blessed are those who mourn and may the Lord give you his peace and compassion during this very difficult time. In Christ's Love, Steve

Juan 10-13 @ 8/14/2012 8:09 AM

May the peace of the Lord be with your family always now that you have been re-assigned to our "Angel Squad"..Amen!

Terry Zech @ 8/14/2012 11:23 AM

My sincere condolences to your family and to your department Constable Bachman. Godspeed as you now patrol the streets of gold.

Stan Crisp @ 8/14/2012 12:47 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to the Bachmann family. May God grant you peace and comfort during this tragic time.

TimFromLA @ 8/14/2012 12:55 PM

I guess like any LEO would say, there needs to be gun control. Approaching a home with serving paper on someone should be approached with caution. Wouldn't it have been better to know that the guy had firearm(s)? Protection for ALL LEOs doing their job and their protection should be their utmost importance. Gee, I wonder if Rick Perry cares enough to implement some rational gun-control policy? OR is the idea from REPUBLICAN governor

Indiana Governor Signs Bill Allowing Citizens To Use Deadly Force Against Police Officers Into Law:
N.H. State Rep: Killing Cops Is OK:

Is your state next? If you have Republicans, maybe.

BW @ 8/14/2012 8:10 PM

TimFromLA: Would you stop trolling this website with your liberal drivel? This isn't about your politics. Most LEO support the laws we have in place, and it's not firearms that are to blame. It's the society that raises these people, and the families that ignore the signs, and especially the psychos that perpetrate these horrendous acts, regardless of their weapon of choice.

Steve L @ 8/15/2012 7:08 AM

It has to be a liberal to blame the weapon not the man pulling the trigger it is like blaming the car for speeding Our prayers go out to the family of Brian Bachmann

Join the Discussion

POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

2 WA Officers Hospitalized After Shooting, Suspect Killed
The incident started when officers attempted to contact a man at 1:16 AM in a parking lot...
Video: FL Trooper Saves Woman with CPR, Arrests Her for DUI
Unable to wake the driver, the trooper broke the vehicle's window and found she had no...
Suspect Fleeing Baltimore Police in Vehicle Pursuit Opens Fire on Random People
"This could have been much, much worse," Baltimore police commissioner Kevin Davis said at...
California Officers Raid Massive Illegal Weed Operation
Inside the four-story warehouse, police found thousands of plants stacked next to one...
Milwaukee Creates Police Intelligence Unit to Fight Opioid Crisis
The task force will provide a quicker turnaround of intelligence, identify patterns and...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
Police Magazine