Texas DPS Trooper shot and killed, suspect arrested after shootout

Darbrett Black (Photo credit: Texas DPS)

A DPS Trooper was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in Freestone County, 90 miles southeast of Dallas.

Texas DPS said at approximately 3:45 p.m., Texas Trooper Damon Allen, 41, stopped a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu for a traffic violation on SB I-45 in Freestone County, south of Fairfield. Preliminary information indicates Trooper Allen approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver, now identified as Darbrett Black. Trooper Allen returned to his patrol unit when Black fired multiple shots from a rifle at Allen. He died at the scene.

A "Be on the Lookout" or BOLO was issued statewide as authorities worked to find Black and the Malibu he was last seen driving.

The Waller County Sheriff's office said the suspect was taken into custody just before 9 p.m. Thursday. Waller County posted on Facebook that Black was located by a Waller County Deputy in Hempstead, more than 100 miles south of Fairfield before shots were exchanged in the area of Liendo Parkway and Wyatt Chapel.

Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw issued this statement:

Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas' finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty. Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Damon Allen was a loving husband and father of three. We ask for your prayers for his entire family and his many friends and colleagues during the difficult days ahead. Trooper Allen's dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten.

Black, 32, of Lindale, was in the Brazos County Jail Friday, charged with capital murder in the shooting death. Black’s bond is set at $500,000.

He also faces warrants for bond forfeiture on an evading arrest charge in Anderson County and for insufficient bond on aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest charges in Smith County, according to online jail records.

DPS also tweeted that Black was treated for non-life threatening injuries. The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said Black was being treated for a K9 bite.

Trooper Allen joined the department in 2002, per DPS.

“I am saddened to hear of the tragic death of a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper killed today in Freestone County. This trooper died selflessly serving Texas. Please join Angela and me as we pray for the trooper’s family and for the entire Department of Public Safety," said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a statement.

Governor Greg Abbott also released a statement on the Trooper's death late Thursday night:

With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving, Cecilia and I express our most sincere condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the Trooper who was callously killed today in the line of duty. As law enforcement continues to search for the individual responsible for this heinous crime, I ask that all of Texas keep this Trooper and his brothers and sisters in blue in their thoughts and prayers. 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.

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