Texas State Trooper Shot, Killed in Freestone County

Texas Trooper shot and killed while traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day

Authorities say shots have been fired after a suspect in the shooting death of a Texas state trooper on Thanksgiving Day was spotted in Waller County.

A manhunt is underway in Texas after a trooper with the Department of Public Safety was shot and killed on a highway near the city of Fairfield on Thursday.

When Allen returned to his patrol auto, the suspect fired multiple times with a rifle, killing the trooper at the scene, Lieutenant Lonny Haschel said in a statement.

Dabrett Black of Lindale, 32, fled the scene and was later arrested in Waller County. Black was charged with evading arrest, aggravated assault against a public servant and reckless driving. Police will soon filed capital murder charges against Black.

"Prayers for the family and loved ones of the Trooper killed on duty today and for all our Troopers who are serving our state and seeking justice for the killer", Cruz posted.

Allen, 41, was a husband and father of three who joined the department in 2002, the department said. "Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Damon Allen was a loving husband and father of three, and we ask for your prayers for his entire family and his many friends and colleagues during the hard days ahead".

In a statement, DPS Director Steven McCraw praised Allen for his "selfless sacrifice on Thanksgiving Day".

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

Allen was stationed at Groesbeck at the time of his death.

A family friend started an online fundraiser that had raised more than $2,000 Friday afternoon at https://myevent.com/DPSDAMONALLEN.

"He'd be helping people whether or not he wore a badge, but that was the venue that called him", Bell said.

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