3 killed in shooting near Texas A&M University
An ambulance leaves the scene of a shooting near Texas A&M University. Aug. 13, 2012. (Credit: @kdanielleluna)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (CNN) — A Texas constable and two others were killed Monday in a shooting near Texas A&M University, police said.
Rhonda Seaton, a spokeswoman with the College Station police department, told CNN that the three people killed were the constable, the man authorities say opened fire on law enforcement officers and an unidentified civilian.
A few minutes earlier, Asst. Chief Scott McCollum, from the same police department, told reporters that at least four people — two law enforcement officers and two civilians — were shot in the incident, which occurred around noon just a few blocks from the Texas A&M campus.
The dead included Brian Bachman, the constable for Brazos County, according to McCollum.
A male civilian was also killed, the assistant police chief said.
Earlier, Seaton told CNN that a person identified as the man who began shooting at law enforcement authorities had been taken into custody.
Texas A&M issued a Code Maroon — warning students and others on campus to find safety — at 12:29 p.m., after a report of an “active shooter.”
An update at 12:44 p.m., also posted on the university’s website, indicated that the suspected shooter was by then “in custody.”
Officer Jon Agnew with the Bryan Police Department — a community that’s adjacent to College Station — noted the shooting occurred in a “residential area.” He said on Monday afternoon that, while authorities had not yet ruled out additional suspects and continued to canvass the scene, they believed the area was safe.
“The area is secure,” Agnew said. “We feel the community is safe for right now.”
CNN’s Nick Valencia contributed to this report.
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