College Station gunman may have be unstable

POSTED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 6:01pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 5:13pm

COLLEGE STATION -- One day after a tragic shooting in College Station that left three people dead, we're learning more about the deceased gunman and his mental instability as the community tries to cope with what happened.

Hayden Scott Behner says Monday's shooting was like a scene out of a movie.

"I didn't think that'd actually happen in real life."

Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann went to 211 Fidelity Street to serve Thomas Caffall III eviction papers.

Then, shortly after his arrival, Caffall began shooting.

"Caffall then began shooting at other residents in the area and at College Station Police officers as they arrived to the scene," said College Station Police Chief, Jeff Capps.

The crossfire, which lasted for around 30 minutes, killed Constable Bachmann, 51-year-old Chris Northcliff and the gunman.

Three other police officers were wounded in the line of duty as well as Barbara Holdsworth, a 51-year-old mother from Houston who was moving her daughter out of a house nearby.

More than 24 hours after Monday's shooting police and investigators are still at the scene trying to collect as much evidence as possible to see if there are any clues as to why Caffall started shooting.

During the investigation officers recovered several long guns and pistols from the scene. These are photos we found from Caffall's Facebook page that shows some of the guns he owned.

"You know he may have had a mental health problem, it's just not something you expect," said Behner. "I didn't expect to wake up yesterday to a bunch of gunshots."

His mother also told police Caffall had withdrawn from the family after quitting his job in January and they worried he might attempt suicide.

A vigil was held last night on Texas A&M's campus to remember the victims.

Funeral arrangements for Constable Bachmann are still pending but Governor Perry has asked that all flags be lowered at half staff today and Wednesday in honor of him.


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