Suspect caught after trooper is slain during traffic stop on Thanksgiving


A Texas state trooper was killed in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop on Thanksgiving — and the alleged gunman was nabbed following an hours-long manhunt.

Highway Patrol Trooper Damon Allen, 41, was gunned down around 4 p.m. Thursday on I-45 in a rural county near Fairfield, about 90 miles south of Dallas, authorities said.

Allen, a 15-year veteran, had pulled over suspected shooter Dabrett Black, 32, for a traffic violation when moments later, Black allegedly blasted multiple shots at Allen with a rifle, according to cops.

Allen, a married father of three, was killed at the scene, authorities said.

The shooter quickly fled in a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu, sparking a massive manhunt.

Black was arrested at 9 p.m. in Waller County near Prairie View, about 50 miles northwest of Houston and more than 100 miles south of the fatal shooting.

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