Slain Texas constable remembered as humble, caring

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Associated Press

Posted on August 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 19 at 1:31 AM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Compassionate. Humble. A good friend. A dedicated public servant.

Those were some of the words that family and friends used during a funeral service Saturday to fondly remember a law enforcement officer who was among three people killed in a shootout near Texas A&M University.

More than 3,000 people attended the service for Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann at an arena on the A&M campus in College Station. Among those in attendance were law enforcement officers from across the state. A choir of more than 80 people from Bachmann's Methodist church in College Station sang during the service.

His mother, Carmen Bachmann, told those gathered that "Brian would sacrifice himself for the benefit of others, always."

Authorities say Bachmann was fatally shot Monday by Thomas Caffall III. The 41-year-old constable was trying to serve Caffall with a court summons for being two months behind on rent. Other officers fatally shot the 35-year-old Caffall.

A bystander also was killed in the shootout, and three police officers and a female bystander were wounded.

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