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DPS Trooper shot and killed, police on manhunt

DPS Trooper shot and killed, police on manhunt”

Texas officials have issued a Blue Alert after a Texas State Trooper was shot and killed southeast of Dallas Thursday (Nov. 23).

A massive manhunt for the suspect involving several law enforcement agencies is now underway in surrounding counties.

Authorities say the gunman is Darbrett Black. "He is a black male, 5'11" tall and weighs 175 pounds. He fled the shooting scene driving a grey Chevy Malibu, with Texas plates JDN4273. He was last seen exiting in Dew and turning left on County Road 189.

The first shooting happened in Freestone County, about 90 minutes South of Dallas.

The trooper died in his auto after the suspect fired multiple times with a rifle, the state's department of public safety said.

Once the investigation is complete, it'll all be turned over to the local district attorney, but right now the primary focus is taking care of the scene, taking care of the family Trooper Haschel concluded. He was taken into custody Thursday night in Waller County, more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) south of where Allen was shot.

The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Texas state trooper during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop has been charged with capital murder of a law enforcement officer. Jail records show Black was free on bond in Smith County, Texas, after being charged earlier this year with aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.

Following news of the trooper's death, Waller County Sherrif's Office said on Facebook that they were saddened by the death of a "brother". Abbott also expressed his "most honest condolences" to the trooper's family. "Please join Angela and me as we pray for the trooper's family and for the entire Department of Public Safety".



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