A Texas State Trooper was shot and killed Thanksgiving Day during a traffic stop near Fairfield, about 90 miles south of Dallas. Officials have arrested a suspect with a lengthy history of aggression toward law enforcement and charged him with capital murder of a peace officer.
Late Thursday night, The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the fallen State Trooper as 41-year-old Damon Allen, a married father of three who joined the department in 2002.
“Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas’ finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty,” said Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety. “Trooper Allen’s dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten.”
Allen was fatally shot with a rifle after pulling over a driver on Interstate 45 south of Fairfield. The shooter then drove away; Allen died at the scene.
Five hours later, and more than 100 miles from where the fatal shooting took place, deputies in Waller County arrested the suspected shooter near Hempstead.
DPS officials identified the suspect as 32-year-old Dabrett Black, of Lindale.
Black went before a magistrate Friday and was officially charged with capital murder of a peace officer, among other charges. He is being held in the Brazos County Jail — bond has not been set.
Black had a history of vehicle chases and other issues with law enforcement. Jail records show he was free on bond out of Smith County where he was charged earlier this year with aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest with a vehicle.
Bond of $400,000 in those cases has now been revoked.
Smith County court records show Black was indicted in October after he led police on a chase in July and rammed his car into a police cruiser after they tried to pull him over for speeding.
Court records also show 2015 charges of assault on a public servant and attempting to take a weapon from an officer. Those charges were dismissed in 2016, but it was unclear from records why.
Black was also charged with evading arrest in Anderson County, though details of the charges are unclear, including the date. According to jail records, bond was forfeited in that case.
Trooper Damon Allen was born in Morgantown, Kentucky on Oct. 4 1976. His family moved to Mexia in 1984. Allen played for the Mexia Black Cat football team before graduating in 1995.
Allen married Kasey Pickett in November 1993 and after graduation worked beiefly for the Mexia State School before accepting a position with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice at the Mark W. Michael Unit, a men’s prison in Tennessee Colony, Texas. Allen then, in 2002, went on to become a Texas State Trooper.
Allen is said to have enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding sand dunes. He attended Cowboy Church in Freestone as well as First Assembly of God in Mexia.
Allen is suvived by his wife, Kasey Pickett Allen, of Teague, two daughters and a son, as well as his parents, four siblings, and numerous other in-laws, nieces and nephews.