The loss is devastating to those near and far; but for those even closer to Brian Bachmann -- the reality he won't ever be coming home again -- has yet to settle in.
“This is supposed to be the safe place where it happens somewhere else all the time,” said Bachmann's friend, Tod Weingand, “It's the Colorado's, the California's and the other countries, but it's not College Station.”
"We need one unit to go to Wellborn and Fidelity there's an active shooter. We have a constable down.”
Those words from a Brazos County Police dispatch were heard loud and clear Monday afternoon; and within minutes, a sea of law enforcement personnel swarmed the 200 block of Fidelity Street near the Wellborn-George Bush Drive intersection.
"He didn’t deserve this,” said Weingand. “He did all the right things at the right time and took care of people."
He was just doing his job when authorities say Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann was shot and killed by Thomas "Tres" Caffall. It’s unclear what prompted the fatal shooting, but authorities say Bachmann was serving eviction papers to Caffall at the home he was renting.
“He’s got an incredible family; and it’s such a tragic thing that's happened,” said Weingand. “He’s got three kids; a family to raise, and now, no dad at home.”
Officer Justin Oehlke with CSPD was shot in the calf. He underwent surgery as a result. CSPD's Brad Smith and Phil Dorsett also suffered injuries from shrapnel, but have been treated.
Approximately 12:40 p.m. as a News 3 crew arrived near the scene, a flurry of shots rang out in the area. Less than five minutes later, word was released that Caffall had been stopped by police. He would later die of gunshot injuries.
A pair of people, for now believed to be innocent bystanders, were also shot. College Station resident Chris Northcliffe, 51, was shot and later died. Houston resident Barbara Holdsworth, 51, was also hit. She underwent surgery at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan and is in critical but stable condition.
Bachmann dedicated 20 years of his life to serve and protect; 13 of those years, Bachmann served as the elected constable of precinct one. He joined the Brazos County Sheriff's Office in 1993; and in 1992 Bachmann became a graduate of the TEEX Central Texas Police Academy. He joined the Brazos County Sheriff's Office in 1993 as a detention and booking deputy, later becoming a drill instructor at the county's Boot Camp.
“You put your game face on and you go to work every day and you don't think about, will you see your wife and kids again,” said Weingand.
College Station Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum said Bachmann was a pillar in this community.
The law offices of Jeff Paradowski has set up a fund for Constable Brian Bachmann's family at American Momentum Bank. If you would like to donate to the family's fund, you can visit the bank or call (979) 774 -1111.
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