Texas State Trooper Shot, Killed in Freestone County

Nov 26, 2017, 01:02
Texas State Trooper Shot, Killed in Freestone County

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". Police say Dabrett Montreal Black, 32, of Lindale, may be the suspected gunman. He is now at large.

"The suspect was identified as Darbrett Black, a black male 5'-11" and 175 lbs.

He was last seen traveling North on I-45 in a 2012 Gray Chevrolet Malibu with Texas tag JDN-4273.

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The suspect in the fatal Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Texas state trooper has a history of vehicle chases and other issues with law enforcement officers. Allen is the 221st DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1823.

The body of a Texas state trooper shot and killed during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving is being escorted to a funeral home in Teague, about 98 miles (158 kilometers) south of Dallas. The agency said the suspect shot and killed the trooper with a rifle during a traffic stop.

Following news of the trooper's death, Waller County Sherrif's Office said on Facebook that they were saddened by the death of a "brother". Jail officials said a bond hearing on the capital murder charge would likely have to happen in Freestone County, where the charge originated.

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Odin, who is a K-9 officer with the Waller County sheriff's office, found Dabrett Black after he fled on foot and hid in a field full of hay bales. "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 hard days ahead".

The $500,000 bond is for two charges, Assault of a Public Servant, and Evading arrest. Abbott also expressed his "most honest condolences" to the trooper's family.

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