April 11, 2021

1 killed, 4 critically wounded in shooting at Bryan business; state trooper also shot during pursuit

Updated at 7:30 p.m. April 9: Revised to reflect additional charges. Five people, including a…

Updated at 7:30 p.m. April 9: Revised to reflect additional charges.

Five people, including a state trooper, were hospitalized Friday, the day after a shooting at a Bryan cabinet-making company left one man dead. The trooper was shot while pursuing the shooter.

Bryan police Chief Eric Buske said officers were called about 2:30 p.m. Thursday to a shooting at Kent Moore Cabinets in southwestern Bryan, about 90 miles northwest of Houston.

Timothy Smith, 40, of Bryan was pronounced dead at the business, police said. On Thursday, four people were taken to a hospital in critical condition, one person was hospitalized with a minor injury and another was hospitalized after apparently suffering an asthma attack.

Two victims were still in critical condition and two others were in stable by Friday morning, police said.

The shooter had fled the scene by the time officers arrived. A suspect was taken into custody later in the afternoon in Bedias, about 25 miles east of Bryan.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said that Trooper Juan Rojas Tovar of its Madisonville office was shot while pursuing the suspect. He remained in critical condition Friday morning.

“We remain hopeful his condition will improve & appreciate the many kind thoughts and prayers,” DPS tweeted Friday.

Authorities later identified the suspect as 27-year-old Larry Winston Bollin. He was booked into the Brazos County jail on one count of murder, one count of attempted capital murder and five counts of aggravated assault, with total bail set at $3.2 million.

Buske said he was an employee of the company. No motive has been determined.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent agents and dogs to the business, spokesman Deon Washington said. He described the scene as “a pretty rapidly evolving situation.”

Bryan police said the city’s fire department and College Station police also were assisting with the investigation.

Gov. Greg Abbott said in a written statement that the swift response by law enforcement led to the suspect’s arrest.

“Cecelia and I are praying for the victims and their families and for the law enforcement officer injured while apprehending the suspect,” Abbott said.

Kent Moore, which is headquartered in Bryan, employs more than 600 people in Texas. The company makes custom cabinets and has several design centers across the state, including in Fort Worth and Frisco.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.