Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

National and World

August 14, 2012

Chief: Gunman in Texas shootout killed by officers

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The gunman in a deadly shootout near Texas A&M University had multiple weapons, fired numerous times and was fatally wounded by officers who responded to reports of gunfire, police said Tuesday.

Police would not say whose gunfire struck the six others in Monday's shootout, including a constable and a bystander who died from their wounds.

Thomas Alton Caffall III, 35, had "some long guns and pistols" in his home, College Station Police Chief Jeff Capps said Tuesday, but would not give details and did not say whether the weapons had been obtained legally.

"The crime scene is still being processed," Capps said. "That will go on. It covers a couple of blocks."

Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann, 41, was fatally wounded by Caffall as he approached the rental home to deliver an eviction notice Monday. College Station resident Chris Northcliff was described by police as being at least 100 yards away when he was mortally wounded. Police confirmed his age Tuesday as 51; earlier, they said he was 43.

Capps said he wasn't aware of any previous law enforcement contact with the gunman.

Just after noon Monday, College Station police began fielding frantic 911 calls about gunfire in the neighborhood near the university's football stadium. Responding officers found Bachmann, 41, shot on the lawn of the house.

"Either upon approach to the house or shortly after, it appears he was shot by the suspect," Capps said Tuesday. Bachmann was a police instructor, one-time Officer of the Year and a married father of two.

Caffall then began shooting "at other victims ... fired multiple rounds. Our officers returned fire, striking Caffall," Capps said.

The shootout lasted nearly 30 minutes. Caffall later died at a hospital.

A neighbor and former medic, Rigo Cisneros, called 911 when he heard the shooting. He took video with his cellphone that showed police officers running into Caffall's house. Cisneros, 40, can be heard asking an officer if an ambulance is coming and if he can tend to Bachmann's wounds. The officer told Cisneros he must wait until the scene is secure.

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