Thursday, 14 December, 2017

Suspect charged in fatal shooting of state trooper

DPS Trooper Shot, Killed In Freestone County Police looking for suspect in officer shooting
Erik Tate | 27 November, 2017, 01:01

Texas DPS troopers and multiple law enforcement agencies cornered Black before he was safely taken into custody at about 9 p.m. Thursday.

They also confirm the fatal shooting of Trooper Damon Allen along I-45 on Thursday was captured on the patrol car's dashboard camera.

Officials are now searching for suspect Darbrett Black, an African American male who stands 5-feet, 11-inches and weighs 175 lbs, CNN reported.

Black has served jail time for assaulting a public servant, and was indicted by a grand jury last month for crashing his auto into a police vehicle, according to the story.

An investigation is now on-going to determine exactly what happened.

The estranged wife of Dabrett Black, the gunman charged with shooting DPS Trooper Damon Allen, told our sister station in Waco she had seen warning signs and paranoia from Black for years.

Allen was a father and a husband.

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'Trooper Allen's dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten, ' McCraw said.

"The killer will face justice, and the State of Texas will continue to offer our unwavering support for the men and women in law enforcement who keep our communities safe", Abbott said in a statement.

Black was charged with capital murder on Friday and is being held in the Brazos County jail in Bryan.

He had previously served jail time after pleading guilty to a separate, 2015 assault on a public servant, court records show. He joined the department in 2002.

Allen was shot to death by a suspect during a traffic stop near Fairfield.

His attorney in the Smith County cases could not be reached for comment, and his family did not respond to calls for comment Friday. "He was doing what he loved, and that was protecting people".

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