Texas DPS Trooper Shot & Killed on Thanksgiving; Suspect at Large

The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified the trooper who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in East Texas.

Once the investigation is complete, it'll all be turned over to the local district attorney, but right now the primary focus is taking care of the scene, taking care of the family Trooper Haschel concluded.

Allen, a 15 year veteran of the department, leaves behind a wife and three children.

An obituary posted Friday by Bowers Funeral Home in Teague, Texas, says the funeral for Trooper Damon Allen will be at 10 a.m. December 1 at Mexia High School's football stadium, about 92 miles (148 kilometers) south of Dallas.

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At about 8 p.m., authorities said they were chasing Black and had engaged with him. He then returned to the patrol unit after which the suspect fired multiple shots with a rifle at him, killing him on the scene.

Authorities in Texas say the man suspected of killing a state trooper during a traffic stop has been taken into custody.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued the following statement Thursday.

DPS released a statement on its Twitter page identifying the trooper as 41-year-old Damon Allen.

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The police dog responsible for finding the suspect in the fatal Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Texas state trooper is being honored in social media posts across the state. There are four charges listed in his record, including the capital murder charge, for which no bond is listed.

Black is a black male, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 175 pounds.

Hours later, the Waller County Sheriff's Office said the suspect's vehicle was spotted in Hempstead, more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) south of Fairfield. He was treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening.

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We will see increasing clouds through the day and some showers could come through late in the evening to the overnight hours. Rain will be back in the forecast on Wednesday , along with breezy conditions and a high around 55 degrees.

  • Ryan Wade