Massive manhunt underway following shooting death of Trooper on I-45

DPS Trooper Shot, Killed In Freestone County

The Navarro County Sheriff's office tweeted around 8:30 p.m. that authorities had arrested Darbrett Black in Waller County after chasing him since 4 p.m. and locating him around 6:30 p.m.

It was not immediately clear what sparked the shooting of the unidentified DPS Trooper.

Police in Waller County say the suspect who shot and killed a DPS trooper in Freestone County was engaged in a shooting with deputies Thursday.


Words of condolences and signs of support are pouring out from law enforcement agencies, and Gov. Gregg Abbott. Black fled the scene and was captured in Waller County northwest of Houston, almost five hours after a massive manhunt for him was announced by Texas authorities. The Texas Department of Public Safety described the 41-year-old from Mexia as a husband and father of three. He is now facing capital murder charges for the death of Allen. "Trooper Allen's dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten".

"Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas" finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty, ' DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement. Barnes used to go out on "check rides" with the new troopers to observe them in action, he said. He is survived by his wife and his three children.

Barnes, his former supervisor, said it's not always easy for a trooper to return to his hometown straight out of recruit school - it can be hard to enforce the law in a place where they know nearly everyone. "It makes me sad that we lost a brother, a very close brother in law enforcement", he said. He then was accused of evading arrest, aggravated assault against a public servant and reckless driving in 2017.

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