Waller County, TX - Dabrett Montreal Black was captured in Waller County Thursday night after spending several hours on the run. He was wanted for murdering Texas Department Of Public Safety Trooper Damon Allen on Thanksgiving.
Police say that Black shot Trooper Allen, 41, on a traffic stop on I-45 at around 4 p.m.
Trooper Allen had contacted Black on the stop and was returning to his patrol car when Black opened fire on him.
Black fled after the shooting and was located in Waller County at around 6:30 p.m. A gunfight broke out between Black and the officers who found him. It's not clear at this time if anybody was hit in the gunfight.
The Navarro County Sheriff's Office announced at around 8:30 p.m. that Black was captured after being surrounded in a field.
Corsicana Daily Sun reports that Black had a criminal history of assaulting a public servant and trying to take their weapon in 2015, and another charge of assaulting a public servant and reckless driving in 2017.
Gov. Abbott released a statement about the shooting, saying:
“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," Gov. Abbott said. "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."
Trooper Allen had been with the department since 2012.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Trooper Allen and Texas DPS.
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