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Texas DPS trooper shot and killed on Thanksgiving: Suspect arrested


A Texas DPS trooper has been shot and killed in Freestone County, Navarro County authorities confirmed. The trooper has been identified as 41 year old Damon Allen, 41.

At approximately 3:45 p.m. Trooper Allen stopped a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu for a traffic violation on southbound I-45 south of Fairfield. Preliminary information indicates Allen approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Darbrett Black.

Allen then returned to the patrol unit, and the suspect fired multiple shots from a rifle at the trooper. Allen died at the scene.

Black suspect was arrested in Waller County Thursday night and faces a capital murder charge.

“Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas’ finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “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. Trooper Allen’s dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten.”

Trooper Allen, 41, was commissioned as a Trooper in July of 2002, and he was stationed in Groesbeck at the time of his death. He is the 221st DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1823, and the first Trooper to die in a shooting incident since 2008. He is survived by his wife and three children. Funeral arrangements are pending.

According to online jail records, Black was last booked into the Smith County jail in Tyler on September 7, 2017 on charges of evading arrest, aggravated assault of a public servant and reckless driving.

"Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas' finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty," said DPS Director Steven McCraw. "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. Trooper Allen's dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten."

Gov. Greg Abbott also reacted to the fatal shooting from his Twitter account.

"Sad on Thanksgiving to lose one of our state troopers in the line of duty," he wrote. "Prayers for his family. Swift justice for his killer."

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has released a statement that says: "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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