A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper is dead after being shot in Freestone County, and authorities pursued the suspected shooter into Waller County Thursday night before capturing him. Authorities say Allen was shot with a rifle and died at the scene. Great job to K9 Odin and his partner Deputy Blauser, Waller County deputies, CID, SWAT, Texas Department of Public Safety, TXDPS Helicopter, TX Rangers, Grimes County Sheriffs Office, Hempstead Police Department, Harris County Sheriffs Office, Houston Police Department and HPD K9, TDCJ PACK dogs, Austin County Sheriffs Office, Harris County Pct 4, Waller Police Department, and Colorado County Sheriffs Office. According to Texas DPS, preliminary information indicates the trooper stopped a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu for a traffic violation south of Fairfield, approached the vehicle, made contact with the driver, then returned to the patrol unit. He was booked into the Brazos County Jail and charged with capital murder of a peace officer. Those charges are from Smith County where Tyler is.
"Trooper Allen's dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten". He is survived by his wife and three children.
The Navarro County Office of Emergency Management said Black was caught by collaborating with numerous agencies and no additional casualties were reported.
Police ready to salute fallen state trooper Damon Allen 41 who was killed in the line of duty on Thanksgiving
At about 8 p.m., authorities said they were chasing Black and had engaged with him.
Investigators say the shooting happened during a traffic stop.
Hays County Sherrif's Deputy Benjamin Gieselman, 28, suffered injuries to his legs and upper body. He is now being treated in an Austin area hospital.