Massive manhunt underway following shooting death of Trooper on I-45

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In Waller County, sheriff's deputies and a Texas DPS helicopter pursued the suspect, the sheriff's office said.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the TXDPS trooper shot and killed this afternoon in Freestone County", the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement. He was returning to his patrol vehicle when shots fired from a rifle. Black fled the scene and was captured in Waller County, almost five hours into a massive manhunt for him was announced by Texas authorities.

Black has served jail time for assaulting a public servant, and was indicted by a grand jury last month for crashing his auto into a police vehicle, according to the story. He was booked into the Brazos County Jail and charged with capital murder of a peace officer.

A father-of-three Texas state trooper was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day - leading to a manhunt and further gunfire some 125 miles away, where the suspect was arrested. "Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Damon Allen was a loving husband and father of three, and we ask for your prayers for his entire family and his many friends and colleagues during the hard days ahead".

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also chimed in, offering "prayers" for Abbot's family and justice for the dead man.

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'Trooper Allen's dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten, ' McCraw said.

Support rolled in Friday for Allen's family. He was charged in 2015 with assault on a public servant after trying to take an officer's weapon, but the charge was dismissed, court records show.

His family did not respond to calls for comment Friday.

Allen was stationed at Groesbeck at the time of his death.

Allen was 41-years-old and joined the department in 2002. "He was doing what he loved, and that was protecting people".