A dedicated law enforcement officer didn’t make it home for Thanksgiving, he was instead the victim of a murderous, remorseless thug who was gunned down during a traffic stop on Interstate 45 near Fairfield, Texas on Thursday afternoon.
41-year-old Damon Allen was a fifteen-year veteran and a married father of three who will not have their father around to celebrate the holidays. It was yet another senseless and despicable killing of a police officer in these days when cops have targets on their backs and major sports leagues feeding into the hatred of law enforcement.
The suspect – 32-year-old Dabrett Black – was captured after a manhunt found him cowering in a field and is now in custody with the clock ticking down to his coming rendezvous with justice.
UPDATE – Following a 5-hour manhunt, Dabrett Black has been taken into custody in Waller County. https://t.co/hkdjYrqLci
— KBTX News (@KBTXNews) November 24, 2017
BREAKING – HE'S BEEN CAPTURED ! pic.twitter.com/PkJSPO65fM
— Rusty Surette (@KBTXRusty) November 24, 2017
Via College Station television station KBTX-TV “DPS Trooper, father of 3, shot and killed on I-45 during traffic stop”:
An east Texas man is facing capital murder charges in the shooting death of a state trooper along I-45 on Thanksgiving Day.
Dabrett Black, 32, of Lindale was tracked down in a rural area of Waller County several hours after he allegedly gunned down Trooper Damon Allen during a traffic stop near Fairfield in Freestone County.
Damon, 41, was a husband and father of three children, according to Texas DPS. He joined the agency in 2002.
The shooting happened around 4:00 p.m. and within minutes law enforcement agencies swarmed Limestone and Freestone Counties looking for Black’s gray Chevy Malibu.
Troopers say Black fired several shots at Trooper Allen during the traffic stop, but a motive wasn’t clear.
Just before 7:00 p.m., a deputy in Waller County spotted Black’s vehicle near FM 1488 and White Chapel between Hempstead and Prairie View.
Deputies say shots were fired when they first spotted the vehicle, but nobody was hurt.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the area to set up a perimeter, and used K9s, a SWAT team, and helicopter to search for Black.
Just before 9:00 p.m., Black was found hiding in a field and taken into custody. He did have non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital.
"Trooper Allen's dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten."
— Texas DPS (@TxDPS) November 24, 2017
Deepest condolences to the family of the fallen officer who should be in every law-abiding citizen’s thoughts and prayers.