DPS Trooper Killed On Thanksgiving

Trooper Damon Allen

A husband, father of three, a 16 year veteran, an everyday hero who sacrificed himself for the safety and security of others did not have to opportunity to go home to his family after his shift on Thanksgiving Day because of a senseless act of one person.

Trooper Damon Allen was fatally shot during a traffic stop on I-45 on November 23rd around 4pm.

?We are deeply saddened. We are heartbroken. We have lost one of the good guys,? Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said.

The suspect, identified as Dabrett Black, fled the scene after the fatal shooting in a gray Chevy Malibu with plates JDN-4273. Approximately 5 hours later, around 9 p.m., the suspect was observed in Waller County. Shots were fired at authorities at this time. The suspect then fled into a field on foot where a K-9 was used to apprehend the suspect.

As the information was disseminated across Texas to other agencies, numerous agencies began to communicate and work together to successfully capture the suspect without any additional casualties.

?As the Sheriff of Freestone County I want to express my sincere condolences to Trooper Allen?s family, close friends, and all the law enforcement family. Though we may have difficult days before us, we can insure that Trooper Allen will never be forgotten as we each carry on our oath as Trooper Allen would, with dignity, honor, bravery, and dedication to the law,? Sheriff Shipley said. ?God Bless our men and women in uniform. May you rest in peace Trooper Allen. We?ll take it from here.?


Funeral services for Damon Allen will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017, at 10:00a.m. at the Mexia High School Football Stadium in Mexia. Pastor Bryan Hallmark will officiate. Interment will follow the services at Salem Cemetery near Freestone.

Visitation will be held on Thursday with the family present from 5:00p.m. unitl 7:00p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.

Trooper Damon Allen passed away in the line of duty on Thursday, November 23, 2017, near Fairfield.

He was born in Morgantown, Kentucky on October 4, 1976, and moved to Mexia in 1984. Damon graduated from Mexia High School with the class of 1995. In high school, he was a member of the Mexia Black Cat football team. He married Kasey Pickett on November 27, 1993. After graduation, he worked briefly for the Mexia State School, then for five years at the Michael Unit for TDCJ, before becoming a D.P.S. State Trooper, where he remained for the past fifteen years. Damon enjoyed hunting and fishing, and jeep riding on the dunes at the beach. He attended church at the Cowboy Church in Freestone as well as First Assembly of God in Mexia.

He is survived by his wife, Kasey Pickett Allen of Teague; three daughters, Chelsea Quinn & fianc? Colton & their baby, Quest, Kaitlyn Allen, and Madison Allen; one son, Cameron Allen; his parents, Jimmy & Sue Allen of Mexia; three brothers, Ricky Allen & wife Lisa of Tennessee Colony, Ernie Allen & wife Tena of Thornton, and Doug Allen & wife Kristen of Mexia; one sister, Amy Gilmore & husband Jon of Mexia; his mother-in-law, Kathy Pickett; brother-in-law, Charlie Pickett & wife Leslie; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

The family requests memorials be made to The 100 Club, 5555 San Felipe St., Ste 1750, Houston, Texas 77056-5527 or online at the100club.org, or to an account for Trooper Allen?s Family, at any branch of Incommons Bank or Citizens National Bank, 100% of these accounts will go to the Allen family.