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Texas Trooper Killed During Traffic Stop

Suspect was captured more than 100 miles away
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 23, 2017 10:17 PM CST
Updated Nov 24, 2017 12:05 AM CST
Texas Trooper Killed During Traffic Stop
Dabrett Black   (Twitter)

A man suspected of killing a Texas state trooper during a traffic stop was taken into custody more than 100 miles away, authorities said Thursday night. The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced on Twitter that the suspect was apprehended in neighboring Waller County. The Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies identified the suspect as Dabrett Black, 32, of Lindale, Texas, the AP reports. DPS said the trooper was shot and killed before 4pm Thursday during a traffic stop on Interstate 45 near Fairfield, about 90 miles south of Dallas. The trooper, who has not been publicly identified, was shot with a rifle and died at the scene, the agency said. The suspect then fled.

Hours after the shooting, the Waller County Sheriff's Office said the suspect's vehicle was spotted in Hempstead. The sheriff's office said shots were fired but didn't indicate who opened fire. The suspect was apprehended a short time later. Several Texas officials reacted to the trooper's death. In a tweet, Sen. Ted Cruz offered "prayers for the family and loved ones" of the trooper. Gov. Greg Abbott called the trooper's killing a "heinous crime." "Sad on Thanksgiving to lose one of our state troopers in the line of duty," he tweeted. "Prayers for his family. Swift justice for his killer."

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