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Man charged with killing Texas trooper who had stopped him


Multiple reports said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement that stated: "I am saddened to hear of the tragic death of a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper killed today in Freestone County". Trooper Allen was killed at the scene.

Allen, a 15 year veteran of the department, leaves behind a wife and three children.

Smith County court records show Black was indicted in October after he led police on a chase in July and rammed his auto into a police cruiser after they tried to pull him over for speeding.

Investigators say the shooting happened during a traffic stop.

The man suspected of doing this was located in Waller County several hours later and taken into custody after exchanging shots with a Waller County Sheriff's Deputy who found him.

The $500,000 bond is for two charges, Assault of a Public Servant, and Evading arrest.

Trooper Damon Allen
Trooper Damon Allen

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called the fatal shooting of Allen a "heinous crime" in a statement Thursday.

The trooper died in his vehicle after the suspect fired multiple times with a rifle, the state's department of public safety said. Brazos County jail records show that he was out on bond on those charges and that the bond had been recalled as insufficient due to the new charges.

"Sad on Thanksgiving to lose one of our state troopers in the line of duty". He had been hiding among hay bales, authorities said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies identified the suspect as 32-year-old Dabrett Black.

The suspect was apprehended Thursday night near Prairie View, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of Fairfield. He was married with three daughters and a son, according to an obituary that the funeral home posted Friday.


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