Suspect in death of Texas DPS trooper arrested in Waller County


A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper is dead after being shot in Freestone County, and authorities pursued the suspected shooter into Waller County Thursday night before capturing him.

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 is survived by his wife and three children.

DPS said Black, of Lindale, Texas, fled the scene in a vehicle and was spotted about three hours later more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Fairfield, in Waller County.

Smith County court records show Black was indicted in October after he led police on a chase in July and rammed his auto into a police cruiser after they tried to pull him over for speeding. That's when the suspect fired multiple shots from a rifle at the trooper, TxDPS says.

- Deputies say the suspect in the fatal shooting of a Texas DPS trooper in Freestone County has been taken into custody in Waller County.

DPS Trooper Shot, Killed In Freestone County

It was reported that last month, a Dabrett Montreal Black of Lindale was indicted by a Smith County Grand Jury on two felony charges stemming from a chase involving Smith County deputies in July. Authorities have not released the identity of the State Trooper. Those charges were dismissed in 2016, but it was unclear from records why.

"Sad on Thanksgiving to lose one of our state troopers in the line of duty".

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".

The Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies identified the suspect as 32-year-old Dabrett Black.

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