Law Enforcement Friends Remember Constable Brian Bachmann 1 Year Later

COLLEGE STATION, Texas It was a way of saying we'll always remember, by releasing hundreds of balloons.

A year ago, three people were killed and four others injured in a shooting in College Station.

Now the focus is on healing, and remembering those who were lost.

The shooting happened at a home on Fidelity Street in College Station just after noon.

Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann was attempting to serve papers for a man to appear in court for possible eviction.

And that man responded with violence

Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann was killed, along with a bystander, Chris Northcliffe.

Another bystander, Barbara Holdsworth, was critically injured.

Three College Station Policemen were also wounded in the shootout, which lasted nearly 45 minutes.

Police say the shooter, Thomas 'Tres' Caffall, was intentionally aiming at anyone he could target.

Family members say he was dealing with mental health issues at the time.

He was later killed in the shootout, and a medic who treated him at the scene told us that moments before he died, Caffall expressed remorse for what he'd done.

The emotions for many are still raw and very real, especially for those who were affected most by the shooting.

Many of them tells News 3 it's hard to believe that it's already been a year since so much was lost.

Brian Bachmann Community Park was filled with first responders and friends remembering fallen Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann a year after he was gunned down.

College Station Police Lieutenant Rodney Sigler called Bachmann one of his closest friends, standing by when he was diagnosed with cancer.

"Whenever I was in need he was always there. So you come a year later and it's so fitting to have this ceremony at a park named after him," said Sigler.

Bachmann's parents were also presented the Presidential Medal of Honor.

Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk was mentoring Bachmann to potentially be the county's next sheriff.

"His loss is felt really strongly throughout. But at the same time we recognize his sacrifice, his commitment to service and we pledge to do the same," said Sheriff Kirk.

"He's more of a private guy. He's he's not going to want all this attention. But he's got to understand that this community's going to support his family," said Sgt. Jason James of the Bryan Police Department.

Bachmann's daughter Caitlyn and friends handed out special medals to mark the day.

"Life can be really short sometimes and we don't know when that time is coming for each of us. And so to make sure that we're prepared and we live right and that he was a perfect example of that. A godly man," added Chief Jeff Capps of the College Station Police Department.

"Sometime's it's hard to believe it happened at all. I got up this morning thinking basically I miss my friend so and sometimes you think I'm going to go to lunch with him this week and you forget that's not possible," said Rodney Sigler.

Brian Bachmann was a coach and mentor for the area's little league baseball players.

You may remember in April, Southwood Athletic Park on Rock Prairie Road was renamed in his honor.

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