Thanksgiving Day Shooter of Texas State Trooper Awaits Arraignment on Charges for Capital Murder
Trooper Damon Allen with the Texas Department of Public Safety was killed Thanksgiving Day after he had contacted the suspect during a traffic stop. The Texas trooper was returning to his patrol car when the shooter exited his car and opened fire with a rifle, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page at http://www.odmp.org/officer/23454-trooper-damon-allen.
Law Enforcement Today reports at https://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/man-accused-murdering-texas-trooper-captured-manhunt/ that the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Texas trooper with the Department of Public Safety was captured after an hours-long manhunt on Thursday. Officials in Limestone and Freestone counties conducted a massive, hours-long search for the suspect, 32-year-old Dabrett Black of Lindale, who fled the scene of the shooting in a grey Chevy Malibu. The man was arrested in a neighboring county after a standoff with several law enforcement officers from multiple agencies.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said on Twitter that the shooting occurred before 4 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 45 south of Fairfield, about 90 miles south of Dallas. The agency said the suspect shot and killed the trooper with a rifle during a traffic stop. The suspect then fled the scene.
The suspect was located in Waller County several hours later and taken into custody after exchanging shots with officers. Trooper Allen had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 15 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
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Online jailrecords for the suspect, Dabrett Montreal Black, available at http://odysseypa.smith-county.com show that Black was detained for six days in March 2015 after being arrested by the Smith County Sheriff’s Office on charges of assaulting a public servant and attempting to take a weapon from the officer. Then in July 2017, Black was held for about a month in jail for aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest with a vehicle.
A Smith County Grand Jury in late October 2017 indicted Black on two felony charges for the July 2017 altercation, and the defendant then was booked into the Smith County jail in Tyler on September 7 on charges of evading arrest, aggravated assault of a public servant and reckless driving
According to the Texas News Blog at https://texasnewsblog.blogspot.com/2017/11/dabrett-montreal-black-was-under.html, Black allegedly crashed into a deputy’s car on the shoulder of Anne Campbell Road (CR 492, south of Interstate 20 near Tyler Pipe) on July 2 when he was being chased by Smith County deputies. Black had been stopped by a deputy for speeding and having defective equipment on his car on Lavender Road.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Thursday released a statement concerning a Texas state trooper killed in the line of duty this afternoon, saying, “I am saddened to hear of the tragic death of a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper killed today in Freestone County. This trooper died selflessly serving Texas. Please join Angela and me as we pray for the trooper’s family and for the entire Department of Public Safety.”
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According to a Newsweek article on Friday at http://www.newsweek.com/who-damon-allen-721726 Trooper Allen died at the scene as police searched for Black using a helicopter, night vision goggles and lasers. Police engaged in a brief shootout with the suspect before he was apprehended in a neighboring county with the help of a K-9, authorities said.
On Thanksgiving night, Texas officers lined up outside the county medical examiner’s office as Allen’s body was transported away. Allen started on the force in 2002 and served 15 years before his death Thursday. The Texas Department of Public Safety described the 41-year-old from Mexia as a husband and father of three.
The Texas Public Safety Department told Newsweek that Black is awaiting arraignment on charges for capital murder.