DPS trooper killed on Thanksgiving Day to be laid to rest Friday

Trooper Damon Allen was killed Nov. 24, 2017 (DPS Photo)
Trooper Damon Allen was killed Nov. 24, 2017 (DPS Photo)

TEAGUE, Texas (KXAN) — Services for a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

The visitation for Trooper Damon Allen, 41, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague, Texas. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Mexia High School football stadium, located at 1100 North Bailey St. in Mexia. Allen will be buried at the Salem Cemetery in Freestone County.

Man accused of shooting, killing DPS trooper, opening fire in Waller Co. (Photo courtesy of Smith County Jail)
Dabrett Black. (Photo courtesy of Smith County Jail)

His family is requesting any memorials be made to The 100 Club of Houston Survivors’ Fund or to an account for Allen’s family at any branch of Incommons Bank or Citizens National Bank.

On Thursday, Nov. 23, Allen pulled over Dabrett Black, 32, for a traffic stop along Interstate 45, just south of Fairfield, which is approximately 60 miles east of Waco. DPS says the trooper approached Black’s car, but as he returned to his patrol vehicle, the suspect fired multiple shots at Allen, killing him. Black was captured a few hours later in Waller County. He is currently in the Freestone County Jail.

Allen was commissioned as a trooper in July of 2002, and he was stationed in Groesbeck at the time of his death. He is the first Trooper to die in a shooting incident since 2008. A few weeks ago, Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper, 63, died when a driver ran into him while he was conducting a traffic stop along Interstate 35 near Waco.

 

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