DPS Trooper shot and killed, police on manhunt

Nov 26, 2017, 00:59
DPS Trooper shot and killed, police on manhunt

Police say the suspect was spotted in Waller County and shots were fired in the area of Liendo Parkway and Wyatt Chapel.

Waller County is located northwest of Houston.

Authorities identified Black as the lone suspect in the death of a Texas DPS trooper who was shot and killed around 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Freestone County.

Trooper Damon Allen
Trooper Damon Allen

"Suspect in today's fatal TXDPS trooper shooting in Freestone County has been captured in Waller County near Prairie View", the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement.

The department also says it will file capital murder charges against the suspect, 32-year-old Dabrett Black.

DPS said Black, of Lindale, Texas, fled the scene in a vehicle and was spotted about three hours later more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Fairfield, in Waller County.

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He left the scene driving a gray Chevrolet Malibu, license plate number JDN4273.

The $500,000 bond is for two charges, Assault of a Public Servant, and Evading arrest. Dabrett Black is being held in the Brazos County jail on a $500,000 bond.

Allen was the second Texas trooper to be killed while on duty this month and the first trooper in the state to be shot in the line of duty since 2008. Lindale News and Times stated that Black allegedly crashed into a deputy's auto when he was being chased by Smith County deputies.

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Overnight, a Hays County deputy was injured and a suspect found dead after a shooting that occurred while deputies responded to a burglary report in Wimberley, officials said. He is accused of fatally shooting Trooper Damon Allen on Thursday.

"With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving, Cecilia and I express our most honest condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the Trooper who was callously killed today in the line of duty". Ted Cruz offered "prayers for the family and loved ones" of the trooper.

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