FREESTONE COUNTY - The Freestone County Sheriff's Department and other locals paid their respects to DPS Trooper Damon Allen on Friday after he was shot and killed Thursday while conducting a traffic stop on Interstate 45 near Fairfield.
Cops and citizens memorialized the late trooper with a wreath at mile marker 194 on the southbound side of I-45 -- the scene where Allen died.
Several cops from the Mexia Police Department, along with many local passersby, can be seen in the video below paying their respects to Allen:
Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement on Twitter Thursday in regards to Allen:
"With heavy hearts on this Thanksgiving, Cecilia and I express our most sincere condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of the trooper who was callously killed today in the line of duty."
Statement on Texas DPS Trooper killed in Freestone County. pic.twitter.com/n5qCclFHWF— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) November 24, 2017
The department gave thanks via the department's Facebook page to everyone who assisted in the situation that unfolded on Thanksgiving Day.
“Our DPS family is heartbroken tonight after one of Texas’ finest law enforcement officers was killed in the line of duty,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Damon Allen was a loving husband and father of three, and we ask for your prayers for his entire family and his many friends and colleagues during the difficult days ahead. Trooper Allen’s dedication to duty, and his bravery and selfless sacrifice on this Thanksgiving Day, will never be forgotten.”
Trooper Allen was commissioned as a trooper in July 2002. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Funeral services have been set up for Allen. Visitation is scheduled to take place at The Bowers Funeral Home, located at 900 U.S. Hwy. 84 in Teague, on Nov. 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Allen's funeral service will take place on Dec. 1 at the Mexia High School football field at 10 a.m.
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