Slain Central Texas trooper’s family plans quiet, private Thanksgiving

DPS Trooper Damon Allen. (DPS/funeral home photo)
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(KWTX) The family of Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Damon Allen, who was shot to death during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day in 2017, plans to spend the holiday this year quietly and privately.

"Our family, my children and two grandchildren will not be doing any interviews or attending any special events,” Allen’s widow, Kasey, said Wednesday.

"The gate will be closed, the doors locked,” she said.

Allen, 41, a graduate of Mexia High School, was shot on Nov. 23, 2017 by the driver of a car he pulled over for speeding on Interstate 45 south of Fairfield.

Kasey Allen said that on the day of the shooting she had a premonition that her husband was in trouble.

“Instantly I called one of the troopers that I knew they would send and he couldn't really say anything he could just say ‘we're coming baby we're coming,’ so I knew."

Dabrett Black, 33, of Lindale is charged with capital murder in the deadly shooting.

He remains in the Limestone County Jail.

"In a January hearing a judge is expected to order his trial date and I'm ready,” Allen said.

Allen pulled Black over for speeding at around 3:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day 2017, an arrest affidavit says.

After making contact with Black, Allen returned to his Chevrolet Tahoe, evidently to check Black’s driver’s license.

He was sitting in the front seat of the Tahoe when Black opened fire, the affidavit says.

At the time of the shooting, Black was free on bond in another case in which a law enforcement was injured.

In July 2017, four months before the deadly shooting, he led authorities on the 105-mile-per-hour chase, during which he intentionally rammed a Smith County deputy’s vehicle.

The deputy had to be freed from the wreckage before he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Black was charged with evading arrest, aggravated assault of a public servant and reckless driving, but was released from jail after posting bonds totaling just $15,500.

In August, Kasey Allen appeared with Gov. Greg Abbott at a news conference in Waco during which Abbott said he would propose a law named in honor of the slain trooper that would give judges and magistrates more information about criminal histories as they set bonds for suspects.

The proposed law would also require district judges, rather than justices of the peace or magistrates, to determine bonds in felony cases or misdemeanors involving sexual offenses and assault.

"After his death I was sad and of course I was angry but also knew in order to honor his memory I need to work towards meaningful change,” Allen said.