Houston, Texas, USA: Authorities say Dabrett Black, 32, of Lindale, accused of killing a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper on Thursday ( Thanksgiving Day) is in custody after a police dog ( K9) finally took him down near Prairie View Texas following a man hunt. Dabrett Black had reportedly engaged the police in gunfire in Waller County, west of Houston, authorities said.
Texas Department Of Public Safety, DPS, said via Twitter that the trooper stopped a Chevrolet Malibu on Interstate 45 in Freestone County, east of Waco, around 3:45 p.m. After talking to the driver, the driver fired at him with a rifle, and the trooper died at the scene.
The suspect fled south to Waller County, according to the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management. There, a Waller County deputy found him near Liendo Parkway and Wyatt Chapel and shots were fired, according to the Waller County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
The Sheriff’s Office asked residents to avoid the area.
Around 8:45 p.m., the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management tweeted that the suspect had been captured near Prairie View with no additional casulties. The tweet called it an “excellent operation by numerous agencies.”
Texas public officials reacted with sadness to the news of the trooper’s death Thursday.
“As law enforcement continues to search for the individual responsible for this heinous crime, I ask that all of Texas keep this Trooper and his brothers and sisters in blue in their thoughts and prayers,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. “The killer will face justice, and the State of Texas will continue to offer our unwavering support for the men and women in law enforcement who keep our communities safe.”
Dabrett Black is being treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to DPS. Black will be booked on a capital murder charge in Waller County.
Dabrett Black reportedly has an arrest history that includes assault on a public servant, fleeing from law enforcement and trying to take a weapon from an officer.