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Suspect in Texas trooper's death had police history

Posted at 1:08 PM, Nov 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-24 14:20:29-05

BRYAN, Texas (AP) -- The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Texas state trooper on Thanksgiving Day (all times local):

12:25 p.m.

The suspect in the fatal Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Texas state trooper has a history of vehicle chases and other issues with law enforcement officers.

Dabrett Black is being held at the Brazos County jail in Bryan, Texas, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northwest of Houston. Jail records show Black was free on bond in Smith County, Texas, after being charged earlier this year with aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. That bond has been revoked.

Smith County court records show Black was indicted in October after he led police on a chase in July and rammed his car into a police cruiser after they tried to pull him over for speeding.

Court records also show 2015 charges of assault on a public servant and attempting to take a weapon from an officer. Those charges were dismissed in 2016, but it was unclear from records why.

He has also been charged in Anderson County for evading arrest. Details of the charges are unclear, including the date, and according to jail records, bond was forfeited.


11:10 a.m.

The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Texas state trooper during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop has been charged with capital murder of a law enforcement officer.

Dabrett Black is being held in the Brazos County jail Friday morning. Jail officials confirm he has been before the magistrate and is officially charged. Jailers say no bond has been set.

Police say 32-year-old Black fatally shot Trooper Damon Allen during a stop near Fairfield on Thursday before fleeing. Law enforcement officials apprehended him hours later about 110 miles (180 kilometers) to the south, near Prairie View. Waller County sheriff's deputies initiated a stop and shots were fired, but it was unclear who opened fire from sheriff's reports.

Fairfield is about 90 miles (150 kilometers) southeast of Dallas


12:30 a.m.

A Texas state trooper is dead after he was shot during a Thanksgiving traffic stop in East Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says 41-year-old Trooper Damon Allen was killed Thursday following a traffic stop on Interstate 45 near Fairfield, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) south of Dallas. Authorities say Allen was shot with a rifle and died at the scene.

The suspect was apprehended Thursday night near Prairie View, about 110 miles (177 kilometers) south of Fairfield. DPS identified the suspect as 32-year-old Dabrett Black of Lindale, Texas. Officials say Black is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

DPS says Allen joined the department in 2002 and was married with three children.