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.
The suspect was wounded in a shootout with police before he was taken into custody.
“He’s moving between the hay bales. He has good cover. He has good concealment,” one officer can be heard saying as authorities homed in on Black, according to a live police radio dispatch on broadcastify.com.
“We got this guy. We’ve got eyeballs on him. Let’s take our time and get him on our terms, not on his terms,” another officer said.
Black — who has a criminal history that includes evading arrest, reckless driving, and assault against a public servant — will face a capital murder charge, according to police and local reports.
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SOURCE: NY Post, Natalie Musumeci