Suspect charged in fatal shooting of state trooper

26 November, 2017, 01:01 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • DPS Trooper Shot, Killed In Freestone County

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper is dead after being shot in Freestone County, and authorities pursued the suspected shooter into Waller County Thursday night before capturing him.

A massive manhunt for the suspect involving several law enforcement agencies is now underway in surrounding counties. "He is a black male, 5'11" tall and weighs 175 pounds. His license plate is JDN 4273. He was last seen exiting in Dew and turning left on County Road 189.

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. He is accused of fatally shooting Trooper Damon Allen on Thursday.

Law enforcement officials have arrested 32-year-old Dabrett Montreal Black of Lindale after several hours after the shooting.

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Freestone County is about 90 minutes south of Dallas. "Trooper Damon Allen was a loving husband and father of three, and we ask for your prayers for his entire family and his many friends and colleagues during the hard days ahead".

Investigators say the shooting happened during a traffic stop. Court records show he was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.

Black has been charged with capital murder of a police officer, and is being held at the Brazos County Jail. The WCSO reported shots fired prior to Black's apprehension, but did not indicate who opened fire. Abbott also expressed his "most honest condolences" to the trooper's family.

The body of a Texas state trooper shot and killed during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving is being escorted to a funeral home in Teague, about 98 miles (158 kilometers) south of Dallas.

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