Suspect in death of Texas DPS trooper arrested in Waller County

Posted November 26, 2017

Texas officials have issued a Blue Alert after a Texas State Trooper was shot and killed southeast of Dallas Thursday (Nov. 23).

The Texas Department of Public Safety said on Twitter that the shooting occurred before 4 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 45 south of Fairfield, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of Dallas. He was taken into custody Thursday night in Waller County, more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) south of where Allen was shot.

Trooper Damon Allen
Trooper Damon Allen

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

Officials said if people see the suspect they should immediately call 911 or local law enforcement. "Excellent operation by numerous agencies to take this suspect into custody with no additional casualties", the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement. Jail officials said a bond hearing on the capital murder charge would likely have to happen in Freestone County, where the charge originated. Waller County sheriff's deputies initiated a stop and shots were fired, but it was unclear who opened fire from sheriff's reports.

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It was reported that last month, a Dabrett Montreal Black of Lindale was indicted by a Smith County Grand Jury on two felony charges stemming from a chase involving Smith County deputies in July. Allen died at the scene.

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. Abbott also expressed his "most honest condolences" to the trooper's family.

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