HOUSTON -- The Waller County Sheriff's Office thanked several agencies and officers who helped apprehend an alleged cop killer, including K9 Odin and his partner Deputy Andrew Blauser.
Odin and Blauser, who both work for Waller County, helped to corner the suspect late Thanksgiving night and bring him into custody without further incident.
The suspected gunman, identified as 32-year-old Dabrett Black of Lindale, is accused of killing Texas DPS Trooper Damon Allen earlier in the evening.
Allen, who was with the department since 2002, was a husband and father of three children. He was shot and killed at about 4 p.m. on Interstate 45, just south of Fairfield in Freestone County. He was returning to a patrol vehicle when a suspect fired shots with a rifle.
Allen died at the scene, according to Texas DPS.
Black fled the scene and was later captured in Waller County, northwest of Houston. He was booked into the Brazos County Jail and charged with capital murder of a peace officer.
Black has a previous criminal history that includes evading arrest and violence toward law enforcement, authorities say.
On Facebook early Friday, WCSO wrote:
"This morning and the days to follow please continue to keep Trooper Allen’s family, friends, and coworkers in your thoughts and prayers. As well as Freestone County. God Bless.
We would like to thank all the agencies that came together to assist in ending this situation without further incident. Great job to K9 Odin and his partner Deputy Blauser, Waller County deputies, CID, SWAT, Texas Department of Public Safety, TXDPS Helicopter, TX Rangers, Grimes County Sheriffs Office, Hempstead Police Department, Harris County Sheriffs Office, Houston Police Department and HPD K9, TDCJ PACK dogs, Austin County Sheriffs Office, Harris County Pct 4, Waller Police Department, and Colorado County Sheriffs Office. Also, Thank you to the citizens that prayed for everyone’s safety and called or messaged asking how they could assist. #K9s4Cops"