Texas DPS trooper shot, killed in Freestone County

by Antonio Miles November 26, 2017, 1:00
Texas DPS trooper shot, killed in Freestone County

Dabrett Black was arrested Thursday night and charged for the Thanksgiving Day shooting death of Texas State Trooper Damon Allen in Freestone County.

A massive manhunt for the suspect involving several law enforcement agencies is now underway in surrounding counties. Police say the suspect, Dabrett Black, opened fire with a rifle as Allen returned to his cruiser.

Authorities have identified the suspect as Darbrett Black. He left the scene of the shooting in a gray Chevrolet Malibu with the license plate number JDN4273.

According to the Hays County Sheriff's Office, authorities were informed via 9-1-1 that a man with a gun was breaking into an antique store at approximately 3:45 a.m.

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Allen was the second Texas trooper to be killed while on duty this month and the first trooper in the state to be shot in the line of duty since 2008.

An obituary posted Friday by Bowers Funeral Home in Teague, Texas, says the funeral for Trooper Damon Allen will be at 10 a.m. December 1 at Mexia High School's football stadium, about 92 miles (148 kilometers) south of Dallas. Jail officials said a bond hearing on the capital murder charge would likely have to happen in Freestone County, where the charge originated. "Excellent operation by numerous agencies to take this suspect into custody with no additional casualties", the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement. Trooper Allen was killed at the scene. Court records show he was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.

Abbott issued the order Friday and asked Texas residents to join him in prayer for the trooper's family.

"With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving, Cecilia and I express our most honest condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the Trooper who was callously killed today in the line of duty".


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