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Published On: Tue, Aug 14th, 2012

Thomas Alton Caffall kills officer, one other after eviction notice served in Texas shooting

Three people are dead, which includes the gunman, as a shootout erupted Monday near Texas A&M University when a man opened fire when an eviction notice was being served.

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Authorities report that Thomas Alton Caffall, age 35, opened fire on Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann just after noon as the lawman brought an eviction notice. Both men were later pronounced dead at a hospital.

The third man has been identified as Chris Northcliff, age 43, and a 55-year-old woman was also injured. Three additional police officers were wounded, as confirmed by College Station Assistant Police Chief Scott McCollum.

Courtney Clark spoke briefly to CBS stating she was shocked by the violence.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and this is just a senseless tragedy,” said Courtney Clark, Caffall’s sister, reached Monday evening at her mother’s home in Navasota, about 20 miles to the south. “We are just distraught by the havoc that he has caused.”

Caffall’s stepfather, Richard Weaver, told CBS station KHOU that the suspected gunman refused to work after apparently quitting his job less than a year ago. Weaver said Caffall regularly played video games inside his rental home near the campus. According to KHOU, Northcliff, the third man killed on Monday, was Caffall’s landlord.

Weaver told KHOU that Caffall played video games so much that it seemed to be warping his sense of reality. He said Callfall’s alleged violent reaction to an eviction notice was not something that surprised him. Weaver even told KHOU he had become concerned that Callfall might hurt, or even kill, one of his own family members in recent months.

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