Relatives of the gunman who fatally shot a constable serving an eviction notice, the landlord of the residence and wounded several others in a gunfight in College Station, Texas, described the man as a “ticking time bomb.”
The shooter was identified as 35-year-old Thomas “Tres” Caffall, an unemployed, divorcee who recently told family members that he would never work for anybody again.
“He was crazy as hell,” said Caffall’s stepfather Richard Weaver. “At one point, we were afraid that he was going to come up here and do something to his mother and me.”
“We were hoping he’d kill himself before doing something like this,” added Weaver. “We are just devastated for the families this SOB killed.”
According to authorities, Caffall opened fire on Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann shortly before 12:30 pm on Monday. Bachmann was at Caffall’s residence to serve him with an eviction notice.
Two officers nearby responded to the call of shots being fired in the 200 block of Fidelity in College Station. When they arrived on the scene, they discovered the constable down in the front yard of the residence.
They “received fire from the suspect inside, … took cover and defended themselves,” said Scott McCollum, assistant chief with the College Station police department. The two officers then called for backup.
“They ended up shooting the gunman,” said McCollum.
When the melee ended at approx. 12:45 pm, three people were dead, including constable Bachman, Cafall and 43-year-old Chris Northcliff, Caffall’s landlord.
Police said that three other law enforcement officers and a 55-year-old woman were wounded.
It’s unclear what precisely caused Caffall to snap, but an acquaintance of Caffall, Shawn Kemp told The Eagle newspaper that he “fits the profile of a dude who might snap,” although he did not have a criminal history.
Kemp said Caffall would frequently talk about guns and war and seemed depressed.
“I don’t know the guy well, but I’ve been around him enough to know, well, that I’m not surprised at all,” Kemp said, noting that Caffall had mentioned something about selling or pawning his guns to pay rent.
In a statement released by family attorney W. Tyler Moore, Caffall’s mother Linda Weaver acknowledged that her son was “ill” adding that the family was “shocked and devastated by the tragedy.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go to the families of the deceased and the wounded victims,” Weaver said. “We mourn them and the loss of Tres. He had been ill. It breaks our hearts his illness led to this.”