Slain Texas trooper was 15-year veteran, father of 3

Geneva Matthews
November 27, 2017

Incident occurred in Freestone county at approx 4:00 PM south of Fairfield on I45. The chase ended when Black struck a patrol vehicle and both he and a deputy were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

In Waller County, sheriff's deputies and a Texas DPS helicopter pursued the suspect, the sheriff's office said. Allen died at the scene as police searched for Black using a helicopter, night vision goggles and lasers.

Black has been charged with capital murder of a police officer, and is being held at the Brazos County Jail.

Words of condolences and signs of support are pouring out from law enforcement agencies, and Gov. Gregg Abbott.

Roughly an hour later, authorities surrounded Black in a field and took him into custody.

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.

"Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas" finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty, ' DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement. "Trooper Allen's dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten". Barnes used to go out on "check rides" with the new troopers to observe them in action, he said. "As close as we were, I had to hear about that from somebody else". Great, great family man, great trooper, and a tremendous representative of law enforcement.

Black fled the scene and was later captured in Waller County, northwest of Houston.

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

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