Texas state trooper shot & killed on Thanksgiving
Trooper Damon Allen, 43, was shot and killed around 4pm, during a traffic stop on Interstate 45, some 90 miles south of Dallas, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said. The man he pulled over shot Allen with a rifle, and then fled. The trooper died at the scene, the DPS said.
Preliminary information indicates the Trooper approached the vehicle & made contact with the driver.— Texas DPS (@TxDPS) November 24, 2017
The Trooper returned to the patrol unit, and the suspect fired multiple shots from a rifle at the Trooper. The Trooper died at the scene.— Texas DPS (@TxDPS) November 24, 2017
"Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas' finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty."— Texas DPS (@TxDPS) November 24, 2017
Hours after the shooting, the suspect’s vehicle was spotted by Waller County Sheriff’s Office northeast of Houston. The sheriff’s office said on its Facebook page that shots were fired, but did not indicate who opened fire.
Dabrett Montreal Black, 32, was arrested “without incident” a short time later. He was treated for a dog bite, according to the DPS.
The lone suspect fled in the Malibu south on I-45 & is identified as Dabrett Black, 32, of Lindale, TX. He is considered armed & dangerous— Texas DPS (@TxDPS) November 24, 2017
Officials confirmed that Black has a previous criminal history, including convictions for drug possession, evading arrest, and violence toward law enforcement. KYTX-TV reported in July that Black was charged with evading arrest, reckless driving and aggravated assault against a public servant following a police chase in Smith County.
Allen joined the DPS in 2002. He was married with three children. The agency said it will file capital murder charges against Black, according to AP.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott called Allen’s shooting death a “heinous crime.”
“Sad on Thanksgiving to lose one of our state troopers in the line of duty. Prayers for his family. Swift justice for his killer,” the governor wrote on Twitter.