WALLER COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Officials in Waller County say the suspect who shot and killed a DPS trooper in Freestone County and engaged in a shooting with deputies Thursday, has been captured in Waller County near Praire View.
The Waller County Sheriff’s office said in a Facebook Post that the suspect, Dabrett Black, drove into the county and “shots have been fired in the area of Liendo Parkway and Wyatt Chapel.”
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Damon Allen, 41, was shot and killed in Freestone County, the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management confirmed in a tweet Thursday afternoon.
Texas Department of Public Safety says the incident happened about 4 p.m. south of Fairfield on Interstate 45, citing Navarro County EMS.
Authorities say Trooper Allen pulled over a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu for a traffic violation. DPS says the trooper approached the gunman, Dabrett Black. They say as the he returned to his patrol unit, the suspect fired multiple shots from a rifle, killing him.
Freestone County is about 90 minutes southeast of Dallas.
Black left the scene driving a champagne-colored Chevrolet Malibu, license plate number JDN4273, according to DPS but was captured hours later in Waller County.
“Texas Highway Patrol 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 difficult days ahead,” 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.”
DPS says Allen had been with the department in 2002, and was stationed at Groesbeck. He’s the 221st DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1823 and the first to die in a shooting since 2008. Officials will seek a capital murder charge against Black who they say is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Allen’s visitation is set for Thursday, Nov. 30, in Teague. His funeral service is the next day at the Mexia High School stadium, and he will be buried at Salem Cemetery near Freestone. His body has been escorted by a police procession to the medical examiner’s office and from there to the funeral home.
Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas flags at Department of Public Safety facilities be lowered to half staff to honor Allen.
“The tragic death of Trooper Damon Allen is a sad and sobering reminder of the risks our men and women in uniform take every day,” Gov. Abbott said. “Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this unimaginably difficult time. As flags are lowered, I call on all Texans to join me in prayer for Trooper Allen and the entire law enforcement community who keep us safe.”