Who Is Damon Allen? Suspect Dabrett Black Arrested After Deadly Police Shooting In Texas

Texas State Trooper shot dead while on a traffic stop Thursday. Damon Allen was a father of three and a veteran on the force. REUTERS

Authorities have nabbed the man they say fatally shot a Texas state trooper during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day following an hours-long manhunt.

The highway patrol trooper Damon Allen pulled over the suspect, Dabrett Montreal Black, Thursday afternoon for a traffic violation on an interstate south of Dallas when Black allegedly fired multiple shots at the officer as he returned to his patrol car. Allen died at the scene as police searched for Black using a helicopter, night vision goggles and lasers. Police engaged in a brief shootout with the suspect before he was apprehended in a neighboring county with the help of a K-9, authorities said.

During the chase, officers were concerned that the suspect still had his rifle on him, cops said.

11_24_TexasTrooper_01 Suspect Darbrett Black arrested for the murder of a Texas State Trooper. Police will soon filed capital murder charges against Black. REUTERS

The Texas Public Safety Department told Newsweek that Black is awaiting arraignment on charges for capital murder.

On Thanksgiving night, Texas officers lined up outside the county medical examiner’s office as Allen's body was transported away. Allen started on the force in 2002 and served 15 years before his death Thursday. The Texas Department of Public Safety described the 41-year-old from Mexia as a husband and father of three.

“Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas' finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty," department 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.”

Social media flooded with users showering their condolences for the fallen officer.

Public officials including Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted about his death.

“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.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also chimed in, offering "prayers" for Abbot's family and justice for the dead man.

"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," Abbott said in a statement.

Texas has been the site of considerable bloodshed recently. 

In 2016, a Texas man shot and killed five Dallas police officers following a Black Lives Matter protest. Authorities used a Dallas police bomb squad robot to kill the gunman. And earlier this month, a gunman killed 28 at a church in Sutherland Springs, the largest mass shooting in state history.