Funeral for fallen Texas DPS trooper set for Friday

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Trooper Damon Allen, 41, died after being shot on Thanksgiving Day near Fairfield in Freestone County by a man later identified by police as Dabrett Black, 32, of Lindale. The chase ended when Black struck a patrol vehicle and both he and a deputy were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities were able to locate Black on Liendo Parkway and Wyatt Chapel Road in Waller County around 7:30 p.m.

Funeral services for Allen will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 the Mexia High School Football Stadium.

The Waller County Sheriff's office said in a Facebook Post that the suspect, Darbrett Black, drove into the county and "shots have been fired in the area of Liendo Parkway and Wyatt Chapel".

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Black was apprehended later that evening after a standoff with authorities.

On Thanksgiving night, Texas officers lined up outside the county medical examiner's office as Allen's body was transported away.

"I am saddened to hear of the tragic death of a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper killed today in Freestone County", said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In a statement, DPS Director Steven McCraw praised Allen for his "selfless sacrifice on Thanksgiving Day".

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The man accused of gunning down a state trooper in Freestone County is now officially charged with Capital Murder, according to court documents.

Allen was born in Morgantown, Kentucky on October 4, 1976, and moved to Mexia in 1984. After graduation, he worked briefly for the Mexia State School, then for five years at the Michael Unit for TDCJ, before becoming a D.P.S.

State Trooper Damon Allen wanted to be "the guy that people turned to when they needed help", a close friend said Friday.

He married Kasey Pickett on November 27, 1993. He is survived by his wife and his three children.

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