Services announced for state trooper shot on Thanksgiving Day

Trooper Damon Allen | Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety

Funeral services for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper who died while on duty Thanksgiving Day will be on Friday, Dec. 1 in Mexia, Texas, DPS said in a statement.

Trooper Damon Allen, 41, was shot during a traffic stop south of Fairfield in Freestone County at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23.

Preliminary information indicates that Allen approached a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu for a traffic violation on southbound I-45 and made contract with the driver before returning to his patrol unit, DPS said. The suspect then fired multiple shots from a rifle at Allen, who died at the scene. 

The suspect was later arrested in Waller County on Thursday night and faces a capital murder charge, according to DPS. 

Allen served the department for more than 15 years and is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son, officials said.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home, located at 900 U.S. Highway 84 in Teague. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at the Mexia High School football stadium, located near 1100 North Bailey St in Mexia, just south of the junior high school. Interment will follow at the Salem Cemetery on County Road 731 south of Teague.

“For more than 15 years, Trooper Damon Allen dedicated his life to bravely protecting and helping his fellow Texans,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

“He was an outstanding officer and a loving family man who brought joy to so many around him. We are devastated by his loss – Trooper Allen will be missed beyond measure by all who knew him. Trooper Allen will live on in our hearts, and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.

"Our thoughts and prayers remain with his loved ones, and Trooper Allen and his family will always be a part of the DPS family.”

Allen was commissioned as a Trooper in July of 2002 was stationed in Groesbeck at the time of his death. He is the 221st DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1823, and the first Trooper to die in a shooting incident since 2008.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement about Allen's death on the evening of Thanksgiving Day.

“I am saddened to hear of the tragic death of a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper killed today in Freestone County," Paxton said. "This trooper died selflessly serving Texas. Please join Angela and me as we pray for the trooper’s family and for the entire Department of Public Safety.”

The family requests that memorials be made to The 100 Club of Houston Survivors’ Fund (or online at the100club.org/give/survivor-donation/) or to an account for Trooper Allen’s family at any branch of Incommons Bank or Citizens National Bank.

- Texas Department of Public Safety

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