Texas State Trooper Shot, Killed in Freestone County

Dabrett Black

The suspected gunman who is believed to have killed a Texas state trooper on Thanksgiving Day was captured in Waller County. The Harris County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter that Black was apprehended Thursday night in neighboring Waller County, more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) south of where the trooper was shot.

A DPS trooper was shot and killed near Interstate 45 in Fairfield, TX around 3:45 Thursday evening during a traffic stop.

Authorities say the gunman is Darbrett Black, who is now at large.

Freestone County is about 90 minutes south of Dallas.

The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Dabrett Black. He left the scene of the shooting in a gray Chevrolet Malibu with the license plate number JDN4273.




Abbott issued the order Friday and asked Texas residents to join him in prayer for the trooper's family. This trooper died selflessly serving Texas. Court records show he was charged with aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. He then returned to the patrol unit after which the suspect fired multiple shots with a rifle at him, killing him on the scene.

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

Overnight, a Hays County deputy was injured and a suspect found dead after a shooting that occurred while deputies responded to a burglary report in Wimberley, officials said.

Trooper Allen, 41, was commissioned as a Trooper in July of 2002, and he was stationed in Groesbeck at the time of his death.

"With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving, Cecilia and I express our most honest condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the Trooper who was callously killed today in the line of duty".

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