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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Constable Brian Bachmann: Texas A&M shooting attack makes us ALL pause and reflect on the state of our society

A Texas constable and two others were shot dead Monday in about a half an hour of gunfire near Texas A&M University, police said. Scott McCollum, assistant chief with the College Station police department, told reporters Monday afternoon that the three people killed were the constable, the man authorities say exchanged gunfire with law enforcement officers and an unidentified 65-year-old male civilian. The dead include Brian Bachmann, a constable in Brazos County, according to McCollum. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund noted he is the sixth law enforcement official killed so far this year in Texas
Constable Brian Bachmann was shot and killed in a shooting attack near the Texas A&M campus. (Officer Down Memorial Page Image)
 Horrific day in Texas.  Makes me so angry this this type of tragic and senseless acts of crime take place day in and day out here in the "Greatest Nation on Earth!"  Keep the family of Constable Brian Bachmann and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  This is yet ANOTHER one of those awful crimes that literally stops all of us here in America and makes us reflect on the current state of our society.


This is from the Associated Press:

Map of Texas highlighting Brazos County
Map of Texas highlighting Brazos County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A Texas law enforcement officer attacked as he brought an eviction notice to a house Monday was among three people, including a shooter inside the home, killed Monday near a Texas university. A 65-year-old man also died, while three other law enforcement officers and a 55-year-old woman were wounded, in the shootings at an off-campus home not far from the Texas A&M University's football stadium, College Station Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum said. Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann had gone to a home with an eviction notice just after 12 p.m., McCollum said. A man in his mid-30s who lived there opened fire from inside, he said. Officers responding to calls describing an officer down saw Bachmann wounded on the ground in the front yard, then got into what McCollum described as an extended shootout with the gunman, who eventually was shot. Both Bachmann and the gunman were later pronounced dead at a hospital. Officials did not say where the other man who died was shot or why he, or the woman who was wounded, was at the home. The woman had surgery Monday afternoon, and one of the injured officers was being treated for a gunshot wound in the calf, McCollum said. Two other officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries not from gunfire, but McCollum would not say how they were hurt. The shootings prompted Texas A&M to issue an emergency alert warning students and residents to stay away from the area. Most of the university's 50,000 students were not on the campus about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Houston because the fall semester doesn't start until Aug. 27, university spokeswoman Sherylon Carroll said. "It appeared to be fairly quiet," Carroll said of campus. "It didn't appear to be a lot of people out and about at that particular time." Bachmann worked more than 19 years in law enforcement, according to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education. He started out with the Hempstead Police Department before spending most of his career with the Brazos County Sheriff's Office. He had been a constable since January 2011 after winning election to the post the prior November. In a February 2010 candidate profile in the Bryan-College Station Eagle, the married father of two said he wanted to bring "constables back to the community" by actively patrolling neighborhoods to discourage crime. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an A&M alumnus, said at an event in Florida that his "prayers are with any of those that have been injured." A&M President R. Bowen Loftin issued a statement calling Monday a "sad day in the Bryan-College Station community."
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