DPS trooper shot, killed in Freestone County

Suspect captured in Waller County

November 23, 2017 - 6:42 pm

FREESTONE COUNTY (KJCE) -- A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in Freestone County during a traffic stop.

Officials say the trooper, identified as Damon Allen, was shot and killed along Interstate 45 just south of Fairfield in Freestone County around 4:00 p.m. Thursday. DPS officials say the trooper approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, and returned to his patrol unit - at which point the suspect fired several shots from a rifle at the trooper.

The suspect, identified as 32-year old Dabrett Black, fled the scene heading southbound on I-45. He was captured later Thursday evening around 8:45 p.m. in Waller County, northwest of Houston, following a multi-agency effort.

Allen was a married father of three, according to DPS.

"Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas' finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "Trooper Allen's dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten."

State officials responded to the shooting Thursday evening. Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a statement, saying "I am saddened to hear of the tragic death of a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper killed today in Freestone County. This trooper died selflessly serving Texas. Please join Angela and me as we pray for the trooper’s family and for the entire Department of Public Safety."

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said on Twitter that "all Texas hearts are broken".

Governor Greg Abbott echoed the comments, saying "With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving, Cecilia and I express our most sincere condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the Trooper who was callously killed today in the line of duty. As law enforcement continues to search for the individual responsible for this heinous crime, I ask that all of Texas keep this Trooper and his brothers and sisters in blue in their thoughts and prayers. The killer will face justice, and the State of Texas will continue to offer our unwavering support for the men and women in law enforcement who keep our communities safe."

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