Governor Greg Abbott ordered Texas flags to be lowered to half-staff at Texas Department of Public Safety facilities Friday in honor of fallen DPS trooper Damon Allen, 41, who was shot and killed Thursday in Freestone County after a traffic stop.
"The tragic death of Trooper Damon Allen is a sad and sobering reminder of the risks our men and women in uniform take every day," said Governor Abbott. "Cecilia and I extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this unimaginably difficult time. As flags are lowered, I call on all Texans to join me in prayer for Trooper Allen and the entire law enforcement community who keep us safe."
Abbot also released the following statement Thursday after the shooting:
“With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving, 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." Abbot said. "As law enforcement continues to search for the individual responsible for this heinous crime, 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."
On Nov. 23 during a routine traffic stop, Allen was killed at 4 p.m. on Interstate 45 south of Fairfield. He was returning to his patrol vehicle when shots fired from a rifle.
Dabrett Black of Lindale, 32, fled the scene and was later arrested in Waller County. He is now facing capital murder charges for the death of Allen.
Black has a previous criminal history with evading arrests and violence towards law enforcement, officials said.
Funeral services for Allen will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Mexia High School Football Stadium. Allen had been a Texas DPS Trooper since 2002 and was a husband and father of three children.
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