Family: College Station shooting victim in wrong place at wrong time

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by Brad Woodard / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 14, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 14 at 6:00 PM

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The family of a civilian who was killed in a shootout between police and a gunman in College Station Monday was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, according to family members.

Christopher Northcliffe, 51, owned rental properties in close proximity to where the bloody gun battle took place.

Police said the shooting happened when Brazos County Precinct One Constable Brian Bachmann served an eviction notice to Thomas Caffall.  Caffall opened fire, and Bachmann died at the scene, police said. Northcliffe was also fatally shot before officers could take down Caffall, according to investigators.

Several other people, including a woman from Houston, were injured in the shootout.

But Northcliffe’s family members said his only crime bas bad timing.

"We believe it’s completely random. He has rental property in the area, but we don’t know the circumstances as to where he was when he fell," Northcliffe’s brother-in-law, Robby Bounds, said.

On Tuesday afternoon, more than 24 hours after the shootings, investigators were still moving bullet-riddled cars from the crime scene.

And Northcliffe’s family members were still searching for answers, mourning their loved one.

They said his death serves as a reminder to never take anything for granted.

"If anything has come out of this, it’s the people you care about – you need to go hug them and tell them you love them, because you never know. None of us know. And this is just a catastrophe, but Chris was a good man, and his light’s going to shine," Bounds said.

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