Funeral services scheduled for DPS trooper killed on Thanksgiving
Published 10:09 am, Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Funeral services for the Texas trooper killed on Thanksgiving Day during a Freestone County traffic stop are slated for Friday in Teague.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Damon Allen died in the line of duty after he was gunned down last week by a suspect along the side of Interstate 45 near Fairfield.
Visitation for the slain trooper will begin Thursday at 5 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Mexia High School football stadium. Internment will follow at the Salem Cemetery in Freestone County.
"For more than 15 years, Trooper Damon Allen dedicated his life to bravely protecting and helping his fellow Texans," DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement. "He was an outstanding officer and a loving family man who brought joy to so many around him. We are devastated by his loss – Trooper Allen will be missed beyond measure by all who knew him."
Preliminary information indicated that Allen was shot with a rifle while returning to his patrol car after the stop. The suspected shooter, 32-year-old Dabrett Black, fled the scene, sparking a five-hour manhunt that ended with the Lindale man's capture in Waller County.
Black was charged with capital murder on Friday.
Allen is the first trooper to die in a shooting incident since 2008, and the 221st DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1823.
The 41-year-old grew up around Mexia and married high school sweetheart, Kasey Allen. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and son.
"He was the definition of a gentleman," said Brian Bell, Mexia's chief of police. "He was fair and polite with everyone he came in contact with. He treated everyone like they were a friend."
The family requests memorials be made to The 100 Club of Houston Survivors' Fund or to an account for Trooper Allen's family at any branch of Incommons Bank or Citizens National Bank.
Alyson Ward contributed to this report.