Trooper shot and killed in east-central Texas

Posted November 27, 2017

Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper, 62, was conducting a traffic stop on the southbound shoulder of I-35 in Temple at approximately 3:05 p.m. on Saturday, November 4 when his patrol unit was struck from behind by a Chevrolet pickup, according to Fox 7 Austin.

"The suspect was identified as Darbrett Black, a black male 5'-11" and 175 lbs.

Smith County Court records show that the Lindale native was indicted by a Grand Jury there last month for aggravated assault against a public servant and evading arrest, both felonies.

An investigation is now on-going to determine exactly what happened.

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"I am saddened to hear of the tragic death of a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper killed today in Freestone County", said Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

Words of condolences and signs of support are pouring out from law enforcement agencies, and Gov. Gregg Abbott. "Trooper Allen's dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten".

Authorities have nabbed the man they say fatally shot a Texas state trooper during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving Day following an hours-long manhunt.

"Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas" finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty, ' DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement.

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Black has been charged with capital murder of a police officer, and is being held at the Brazos County Jail.

A family friend started an online fundraiser that had raised more than $2,000 Friday afternoon, and the nonprofit 100 Club pledged $20,000 to Allen's wife and children.

Allen was 41-years-old and joined the department in 2002.

Allen was stationed at Groesbeck at the time of his death. "He was doing what he loved, and that was protecting people".

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