Suspect captured in Thanksgiving Day murder of TX trooper

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Texas State Trooper Damon Allen, 41, lost his life in the line of duty on Thanksgiving Day after a man shot him in cold blood during a routine traffic stop.

Approximately five hours after the murder took place, suspect Dabrett Montreal Black, 32, of Lindale, Texas, was captured while heading south toward Houston.

The shooting occurred Thursday afternoon around 3:45 p.m. in Freestone County, Texas, located about 90 miles southeast of Dallas, along Interstate 45, when Trooper Allen stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation.

Officials say initial details indicate the officer approached the vehicle and made contact with the suspect, then returned to his patrol unit. At that time, the suspect (now identified as Black) fired multiple shots at Allen using a rifle. Trooper Allen died at the scene.

A massive manhunt began as photos of the vehicle and license plate were released, resulting in Black eventually being apprehended over 100 miles south in Waller County.

According to the Waller County Sheriff’s Office, shots were fired between Black and the deputies who located him. Black then took off running before he was finally captured, hiding in a field just before 9 p.m. Thursday evening. No one was injured in that shoot-out.

During the apprehension, ABC13 reported that Black was bitten by a K-9 police dog. Officials are planning to charge him with capital murder.

DPS Director Steven McCraw released the following statement Thursday night: “Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas’ finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty. 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 had joined the Texas Department of Public Safety in 2002. He is survived by his wife and three children. His Facebook page description says, “Married to Kasey since 1993. Three kids, Kaitlyn, Cameron and Madison.”

Black reportedly has an existing criminal record, and the question is already being raised as to why he was free.

KBTX reported: 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.

The Lindale News-Times reported on Oct. 25 that Black was indicted by a Smith County Grand Jury on two felony charges stemming from a chase involving Smith County deputies on July 2. Black reportedly crashed into a deputy’s car 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, according to the October report.

Just a month later, Black has now reportedly murdered one of Texas’ finest law enforcement officers.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement in response to the trooper’s death, saying, “With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving, Cecilia and I express our most sincere condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the Trooper who was callously killed today in the line of duty. As law enforcement continues to search for the individual responsible for this heinous crime, I ask that all of Texas keep this Trooper and his brothers and sisters in blue in their thoughts and prayers.”

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