Funeral set for slain Texas state trooper

Authorities in Texas say the man suspected of killing a state trooper during a traffic stop has been taken into custody.

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".

Deputies with the Waller County Sheriff's Office have caught the suspect in the fatal Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Texas State Trooper at a traffic stop.

The first shooting happened in Freestone County, about 90 minutes South of Dallas.

DPS said Black, of Lindale, Texas, fled the scene in a auto and was spotted about three hours later more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Fairfield, in Waller County.

The suspect has been identified as 32-year-old Dabrett Black.

According to authorities, Black left the shooting scene driving a Gray Chevy Malibu LP# JDN4273.


Officials urged anyone spotting the suspect or his vehicle to contact law enforcement. This trooper died selflessly serving Texas.

Black is being held in the Brazos County jail on a capital murder charge.

It was reported that last month, a Dabrett Montreal Black of Lindale was indicted by a Smith County Grand Jury on two felony charges stemming from a chase involving Smith County deputies in July.

A call to a court-appointed attorney representing Black in the Smith County charges was also not immediately returned Friday.

Allen, 41, was making a routine traffic stop on Interstate 45, just south of Fairfield, Thursday, when Black allegedly shot him with a rifle and sped away. Abbott also expressed his "most honest condolences" to the trooper's family.

Abbott issued the order Friday and asked Texas residents to join him in prayer for the trooper's family.

  • Tracy Klein