A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was shot and killed in the line of duty on Thursday, sparking an aggressive manhunt across the state.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement Thursday night expressing his condolences to the officer’s family and also making a stern promise to Texans about the suspect.
“The killer will face justice,” Abbott vowed, “and the state of Texas will continue to offer our unwavering support for the men and women in law enforcement to keep our communities safe.”
Read his full statement here:
Statement on Texas DPS Trooper killed in Freestone County. pic.twitter.com/n5qCclFHWF
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) November 24, 2017
The Navarro County Office of Emergency Management identified the suspect as Dabrett Montreal Black and provided a description of the alleged killer:
Suspect info on officer shooting: Darbrett Black, black male, 5’ 11”, 175 lbs. Left scene driving a Gray Chevy Malibu LP# JDN4273. Incident occurred in Freestone county at approx 4:00 PM south of Fairfield on I45. Contact law enforcement if spotted and do not approach. #dfwnews
— Navarro County OEM (@NavarroOEM) November 23, 2017
BREAKING: This is the suspected gunman who shot & killed a DPS trooper on I-45 in Freestone County. Dabrett Montreal Black, 32, of Lindale. Massive manhunt underway in Freestone and Limestone Counties. https://t.co/rEpZZrOGtG for more information. pic.twitter.com/3brO2RpPwM
— Rusty Surette (@KBTXRusty) November 24, 2017
The suspect was caught late Thursday and will soon face the justice that Abbott promised.
— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) November 24, 2017
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