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Texas State Trooper Shot, Killed in Freestone County

26 November 2017, 12:57 | Simon Arnold

Trooper shot and killed in east-central Texas

DPS Trooper Shot, Killed In Freestone County

Police in Waller County say the suspect who shot and killed a DPS trooper in Freestone County was engaged in a shooting with deputies Thursday.

Black has been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Allen, who had been with the Department of Public Safety since 2002.

He has also been charged in Anderson County for evading arrest.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted his condolences. 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.

A funeral is planned December 1 in Mexia, Texas. "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. "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". Jailers say no bond has been set.

Trooper Allen served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 15 years. Law enforcement officials apprehended him hours later about 110 miles (180 kilometers) to the south, near Prairie View.

Deputies with the Waller County Sheriff's Office have caught the suspect in the fatal Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Texas State Trooper at a traffic stop. Waller County authorities said shots were fired, but did not indicate who opened fire. He is the second DPS Trooper to be killed in the line of duty this month. He had been hiding among hay bales, authorities said.

The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Dabrett Black. His injuries are not considered life-threatening, officials said. He was married with three daughters and a son, according to an obituary that the funeral home posted Friday.

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