Press conference: Constable killed near Texas A&M campus


by Nikki Metzgar / KHOU 11 News

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 13 at 4:29 PM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Three people, including a Brazos County constable, died Monday when a gunman opened fire near the Texas A&M campus in College Station, according to investigators.

The gunman and another civilian were also killed, police said.

A female civilian, 55, was also shot and was rushed to the hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery.  Her condition was not known.

The suspect was shot by responding officers and later pronounced dead. The name of the 35-year-old gunman has not been released.

Police identified Brazos County Precinct One Constable Brian Bachmann, 41, as the officer who died. Investigators said he was the first to arrive on the scene at a house at the corner of Fidelity and Highland.

An employee with Brazos County told WFAA-TV in Dallas that the shooting occurred as an eviction notice was being served, but police did not confirm that.

“An individual was inside the address at the 2211 Fidelity and began taking fire on the officers.  The officers defended themselves and called in additional officers.  Additional officers responded and began trying to handle the situation as best as possible,” said Asst. Chief Scott McCollum, of the College Station Police Department.

At some point, the constable was shot.

“Several of the officers that were responding began CPR on the constable and he was transported to a local hospital,” McCollum said.

The third victim was identified only as a male civilian, believed to be around 65. Police are still trying to confirm his identity and notify his family.

A College Station police officer was shot in the leg and was taken to the hospital in stable condition, McCollum said. Two other officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the shootout.

“It is a tragedy.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved and we will do our best to conduct a very thorough and accurate investigation to try and determine exactly why this occurred and provide some answers to the public,” McCollum said.

Texas A&M's emergency website issued a “Code Maroon” alert around 12:29 p.m., telling students and staff to avoid the area near the 200 block of Fidelity Drive, just east of campus. About 15 minutes later, school officials announced that the shooter had been taken into custody.

Texas A&M is the sixth largest university in the nation, with close to 50,000 students enrolled. Freshmen do not move onto campus until August 19 and the first day of the fall semester is August 27.