Slain constable's funeral scheduled

Officer, gunman among 3 killed in shooting near A&M campus

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - A Central Texas police officer wounded in a deadly gun battle was out of the hospital Wednesday as mourners prepare to remember a slain constable.

A spokeswoman at College Station Medical Center said Wednesday that Officer Justin Oehlke has been discharged.

Brazos County Precinct 1 Constable Brian Bachmann, 41, was killed Monday by gunman Thomas Caffall III, 35, while serving an forcible entry detainer, which is part of the eviction process, near Texas A&M University.

Other officers fatally shot Caffall in a 30-minute shootout. A bystander checking some property at least 100 yards away, Chris Northcliffe, 51, was also shot to death.

Oehlke was among three College Station officers and a female bystander who were wounded. The other officers were treated for gun shrapnel and released Monday.

Barbara Holdsworth, 51, of Houston, was wounded in the back during the shooting. She was helping her daughter, a senior at Texas A&M, move back into her sorority house when she was caught in the crossfire. She remained in intensive care on Wednesday.

All flags in Brazos County have been lowered to half-staff to honor Bachmann. That order will remain until sundown Saturday.

Constable's visitation, funeral scheduled

Constable Brian Bachmann's visitation and funeral arrangements have been finalized.

A viewing will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Christ United Methodist Church, 4201 state Highway 6 South in College Station.

Bachmann's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Reed Arena on Texas A&M University's campus.

The viewing and funeral are both open to the public.

Chris Northcliffe will also be laid to rest on Saturday.

Family: Texas shootout gunman had mental illness

In the months leading up to Monday's shootout near Texas A&M University that killed three, gunman Thomas Alton Caffall III had cut off contact with his family, even though his mother was seriously ill.

Caffall's family said the 35-year-old told them he had his own issues, an unspecified mental illness they declined to comment on.

"It breaks our hearts his illness led to this," Caffall's family said in a statement released through an attorney.

Authorities continued their investigation Tuesday, saying Caffall was in possession of multiple weapons and fired numerous times.

W. Tyler Moore, the family's attorney, had known Caffall since he was 4 years old.

"He wasn't the same kid that he used to be, let's just say that," Moore said. "He was sweet, very bright, good sense of humor, just a good kid, a sweet kid."

Moore said the Caffall he used to know may have surfaced when, just before dying, Caffall offered an apology to the officer he had fatally shot.

College Station Police Chief Jeff Capps said Tuesday that Caffall had "some long guns and pistols" in his home, 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.

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

Bachmann had volunteered to deliver a notice for Caffall to appear in court on Aug. 23 because he was at least two months behind paying his rent, owing $1,250, said Michael McCleary, a justice of the peace in Brazos County.

"Another deputy was planning on taking the (notice), but Brian grabbed it from him and said, `I'll take it.' He enjoyed doing it," McCleary said.

Before Caffall was taken from the scene, Rigo Cisneros, a neighbor and former medic, treated him.

"I started identifying his wounds and at that point he asked me to apologize to the officer he had shot," said Cisneros, 40.

The former medic said he has not put any thought into whether Caffall was being sincere.

"My only thought was with the officers that were wounded and killed. I could care less if I ever knew (Caffall's) name," Cisneros said.

Officials at Texas A&M, the 50,000-student school that dominates the city 100 miles northwest of Houston, said Caffall was neither a student nor school employee.

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, a database of slain law enforcement officers, Bachmann is the first Brazos County constable killed in the line of duty since Randall Millican was gunned down in December 1889. Millican held the post in the same county precinct.

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