The alleged perpetrator of a Thanksgiving murder has been arrested and charged after the death of a Texas trooper and a statewide manhunt.
Murder and Manhunt
On November 23, 2017, Trooper Damon Allen, 41, pulled over a Chevy Malibu for a traffic violation on the I-45 near Fairfield. Once Allen made contact with the driver and returned to his cruiser, it’s alleged that Dabrett Montreal Black, 32, opened fire on the officer with a rifle.
The suspect then fled the scene and headed to Waller County, approximately two hours away. Allen died on the scene.
After the slaying, a manhunt began. Law enforcement eventually tracked Black to Waller County. Shots were fired and Black was sent to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the leg, as well as a K-9 bite.
Black has been in trouble with the law before. He was last booked into jail on September 7, 2017 for charges of evading arrest, aggravated assault of a public servant, and reckless driving.
Black has been charged with capital murder for Allen’s death.
Texas Mourns Trooper Damon Allen
Allen was married with three children. He was joined the Texas Department of Public Safety in 2002.
As of this writing, officials still do not have a motive for this Thanksgiving murder.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement on November 23: “With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving, [my wife] 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.
“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.”