UPDATED: Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 10:27am
COLLEGE STATION -- While a community is still shaken by the tragedy that happened three days ago in College Station, those closest to Constable Brian Bachmann are trying to wrap their heads around the fact that he won't be coming home.
Lauren Holman spoke with some of Bachmann's friends and colleagues who say the world is a now a lesser place because of his death.
Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day when they go to work.
"There's so many unknowns," said Officer Jon Agnew. "When you knock on someone's door in a neighborhood or residence you don't know what's going to be on the other side when it's opened."
And that's exactly what happened when Constable Brian Bachmann went to Thomas Caffall III's home on Monday and was shot and killed.
The grim reality of losing one of their very own in the line of duty isn't easy to accept.
"I have to admit this isn't something I ever expected to experience in my career here," said Agnew.
A Brazos County Constable hasn't died in the line of duty for more than 100 years since Constable Marcellus Millican was killed by gunfire in 1889.
"We've not lost one for quite some time so it's traumatic," said Sheriff Chris Kirk.
Constable Bachmann, a nearly 20 year veteran, spent 18 years with Sheriff Kirk before being elected to serve as Brazos County Precinct One Constable.
"I encouraged him for that because I knew he would need that type of experience behind him with the hopes of one day when I decided to retire he would be a good person to take my place."
After only a year and a half on the job, Bachmann's life was tragically cut short Monday and now friends and family are mourning the loss of a man who they say was a pillar in this community.
"He was a coach for little league and he was very active in his church doing mission trips," said Kirk. "He truly was a public servant."
Sheriff Kirk has been spending most of his time with Bachmann's family while they try to begin the grieving process.
Holding back tears Kirk says, "They're strong Christians and they know they'll see him again."
A viewing will be held on Friday from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church and then the funeral will take place at 2:00 on Saturday at Reed Arena.
A final farewell to a man who lost his life serving the community he loved.