FAIRFIELD, Texas – Officials say a Texas Department of Public Safety officer was shot and killed in Freestone County Sunday and the suspect has been arrested.
The DPS says at approximately 3:45pm, a trooper stopped a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu for a traffic violation on SB I-45 south of Fairfield. Preliminary information indicates the Trooper approached the vehicle & made contact with the driver.
Statement on Texas DPS Trooper killed in Freestone County. pic.twitter.com/n5qCclFHWF
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) November 24, 2017
The trooper returned to the patrol unit, and the suspect fired multiple shots from a rifle at the highway patrolman. The trooper died at the scene, the DPS said.
The lone suspect fled in the vehicle, a 4-door, champagne-colored Chevrolet Malibu with Texas plates JDN-4273 south on I-45. The arrested suspect is identified as Dabrett Black, 32, of Lindale, TX. Black was considered armed & dangerous. According to the Navarro County Emergency Management Office he was taken into custody just before 9 p.m.
Never easy losing a colleague, but even worse on a day like today. Prayers & thoughts are with @TxDPS & the family and friends of a trooper shot and killed today. May he RIP, his family comforted & his killer brought to justice without any other officer being injured or killed. https://t.co/1Qwm8Aqxp8
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) November 24, 2017