Texas state trooper shot dead along I-45, suspect taken into custody

PUBLISHED Thu, November 23, 2017 - 8:10pm EST

A Texas state trooper has been shot and killed along Interstate 45 in Freestone County, local officials say. The suspect fled the scene and opened fire at deputies at a second location before being taken into custody. (more)

The first incident began at about 3:45 p.m. on Thursday when a DPS trooper stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on southbound Interstate 45 in Freestone County, just south of Fairfield. Details about what happened are still limited.

"Preliminary information indicates the Trooper approached the vehicle and made contact with the driver," DPS said in an emailed statement. "The Trooper returned to the patrol unit, and the suspect fired multiple shots from a rifle at the Trooper. The Trooper died at the scene."

The suspect - who was later identified as 32-year-old Dabrett Montreal Black - fled the scene of the shooting in a gray Chevrolet Malibu, according to county officials. Black is believed to have been armed with both a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun.

The Texas Department of Public Safety issued a statewide Blue Alert as it launched a manhunt for Black, whose criminal history includes assault on a public servant, fleeing from law enforcement and trying to take a weapon from an officer.

At around 7:15 p.m., a deputy in Waller County spotted Black in the area of Liendo Parkway and Wyatt Chapel Road, which is just northeast of Hempstead. The suspect reportedly fired multiple rounds at deputies as he tried to escape, but no one was injured.

A short time later, deputies located the suspect among bales of hay at a nearby barn, prompting a standoff. Black was taken into custody at about 8:46 p.m. when he was taken down by a police dog. He is being treated for a bite wound.

"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," Governor Greg Abbott said. "I ask that all of Texas keep this Trooper and his brothers and sisters in blue in their thoughts and prayers."

  Fairfield, TX     





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