On Nov. 23 during a routine traffic stop, Allen was killed at 4 p.m. on Interstate 45 south of Fairfield.
Sources tell our sister station, KWTX in Waco, that Dabrett Black has also made a jailhouse confession to investigators. That's when the suspect fire shots at authorities who then returned fire. He has been charged with capital murder.
Allen is the 221st DPS trooper to die in the line of duty since 1823 and the first to die in a shooting since 2008. The arrest came roughly five hours after the incident. "Trooper Allen's dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten". Great job to K9 Odin and his partner Deputy Blauser, Waller County deputies, CID, SWAT, Texas Department of Public Safety, TXDPS Helicopter, TX Rangers, Grimes County Sheriffs Office, Hempstead Police Department, Harris County Sheriffs Office, Houston Police Department and HPD K9, TDCJ PACK dogs, Austin County Sheriffs Office, Harris County Pct 4, Waller Police Department, and Colorado County Sheriffs Office. He married his high school sweetheart, Kasey Allen, in 1993 and they had three children: daughter Kaitlyn, in her early twenties, 18-year-old son Cameron and daughter Madison, who is in third grade. Barnes used to go out on "check rides" with the new troopers to observe them in action, he said.
"As close as we were, I had to hear about that from somebody else", he said.
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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.
In July, KYTX in Tyler reported Black was jailed in Smith County after a vehicle chase with deputies.
According to online jail records, Black was last booked into the Smith County jail in Tyler on September 7, 2017 on charges of evading arrest, aggravated assault of a public servant and reckless driving.
"His number one priority was the safety of the people he protected".