Texas manhunt underway for suspect in fatal cop shooting

Dabrett Black

Dabrett Black

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.

And that's what made him go into law enforcement, said Brian Bell, Mexia's chief of police, who had known Allen for more than a decade before the trooper was shot and killed Thursday in a traffic stop on Interstate 45. He was returning to his patrol vehicle when shots fired from a rifle.

Authorities believe Dabrett Montreal Black, 32, of Lindale, may be the suspected gunman.

Black has been charged with capital murder of a police officer, and is being held at the Brazos County Jail.

"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.

Allen, who was with the department since 2002, was a husband and father of three children.

Allen grew up around Mexia and was a 15-year veteran of the DPS highway patrol.

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Words of condolences and signs of support are pouring out from law enforcement agencies, and Gov. Gregg Abbott.

'Trooper Allen's dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten, ' McCraw said. He then was accused of evading arrest, aggravated assault against a public servant and reckless driving in 2017.

His attorney in the Smith County cases could not be reached for comment, and his family did not respond to calls for comment Friday.

A family friend started an online fundraiser that had raised more than $2,000 Friday afternoon at https://myevent.com/DPSDAMONALLEN.

Allen was shot to death by a suspect during a traffic stop near Fairfield.

"His number one priority was the safety of the people he protected".

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