Mexia DPS Trooper shot, killed

Staff Report

A Mexia DPS trooper based in Freestone County was shot and killed during a traffic stop on I-45 on Thanksgiving Day.

According to DPS Public Information Officer Lt. Jason Reyes, Trooper Damon Allen had pulled over a driver for a traffic violation just south of Fairfield, at mile marker 194 about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, when the driver opened fire on Allen, killing him at the scene.

The driver, identified as Debrett Black, 31, of Lindale, fled in a 2012 gray Chevrolet Malibu.

DPS issued warnings to citizens to be on the lookout for the Malibu and for Black.

Law enforcement officers from other counties descended on the area, looking for Black and his vehicle in Limestone, Freestone and other nearby counties.

Finally, law enforcement officers in Waller County spotted Black’s Malibu.

DPS reported that gunfire was exchanged between the Waller County Sheriff’s Office personnel and Black, and ultimately the suspect was arrested.

Trooper Allen had been with the Highway Patrol for 15 years. He leaves behind a wife and three daughters. He lived in Mexia and was a Mexia High School graduate.

Gov. Greg Abbot issued a statement of condolence and asked Texans to pray for the Trooper and other law enforcement officers.

“With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving,” Abbott said, “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.”

Attorney General Ken Paxton also issued a statement on his website on the Freestone County trooper shooting:

“I am saddened to hear of the tragic death of a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper killed today in Freestone County,” Paxton said. “This trooper died selflessly serving Texas. Please join Angela and me as we pray for the trooper’s family and for the entire Department of Public Safety.”

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