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This Nov. 24, 2017 photo released by the Brazos County Sheriff's Office shows Dabrett Montreal Black who was charged Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, with capital murder of Trooper Damon Allen during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop in East Texas. (Brazos County Sheriff's Office via AP)
November 24, 2017 - 4:36 PM

BRYAN, Texas - The Latest on the fatal shooting of a Texas state trooper on Thanksgiving Day (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Funeral arrangements have been set for a Texas state trooper who was shot and killed during a Thanksgiving traffic stop.

An obituary posted Friday by Bowers Funeral Home in Teague, Texas, says the funeral for Trooper Damon Allen will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at Mexia High School's football stadium, about 92 miles (148 kilometres) south of Dallas.

The obituary says Allen is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son. It says he was born in Kentucky and moved to Mexia, Texas, when he was in elementary school.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered that all Texas flags at Department of Public Safety facilities be lowered to half-staff in honour of Allen, who was fatally shot Thursday afternoon near Fairfield.

Abbott issued the order Friday and asked Texas residents to join him in prayer for the trooper's family.

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4:25 p.m.

The body of a Texas state trooper shot and killed during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving is being escorted to a funeral home in Teague, about 98 miles (158 kilometres) south of Dallas.

Trooper Damon Allen was fatally shot about 4 p.m. Thursday near Fairfield after initiating the stop. Police say the suspect, Dabrett Black, opened fire with a rifle as Allen returned to his cruiser. Allen died at the scene.

A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman says law enforcement officers accompanied Allen's body as it left the Dallas County medical examiner's office Friday afternoon en route to Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.

Black is being held in the Brazos County jail on a capital murder charge.

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This update has been corrected to show that the trooper was killed near Fairfield, not in Fairfield.

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3:30 p.m.

The police dog responsible for finding the suspect in the fatal Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Texas state trooper is being honoured in social media posts across the state.

Odin, who is a K-9 officer with the Waller County sheriff's office, found Dabrett Black after he fled on foot and hid in a field full of hay bales.

The Kerens Police Department in Navarro County, about 30 miles (50 kilometres) north of where Trooper Damon Allen was shot and killed, posted a picture of Odin on its Facebook page calling him the hero of the day.

The group K9s4Cops, also posted a photo of Odin calling him the employee of the year. The group gifted the dog to the Waller County sheriff's office earlier this year.

The Kerens Police Department hasn't returned a phone call Friday.

Black has been charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Allen, who had been with the Department of Public Safety since 2002.

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12:25 p.m.

The suspect in the fatal Thanksgiving Day shooting of a Texas state trooper has a history of vehicle chases and other issues with law enforcement officers.

Dabrett Black is being held at the Brazos County jail in Bryan, Texas, about 100 miles (160 kilometres) northwest of Houston. Jail records show Black was free on bond in Smith County, Texas, after being charged earlier this year with aggravated assault of a public servant and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle. That bond has been revoked.

Smith County court records show Black was indicted in October after he led police on a chase in July and rammed his car into a police cruiser after they tried to pull him over for speeding.

Court records also show 2015 charges of assault on a public servant and attempting to take a weapon from an officer. Those charges were dismissed in 2016, but it was unclear from records why.

He has also been charged in Anderson County for evading arrest. Details of the charges are unclear, including the date, and according to jail records, bond was forfeited.

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11:10 a.m.

The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Texas state trooper during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop has been charged with capital murder of a law enforcement officer.

Dabrett Black is being held in the Brazos County jail Friday morning. Jail officials confirm he has been before the magistrate and is officially charged. Jailers say no bond has been set.

Police say 32-year-old Black fatally shot Trooper Damon Allen during a stop near Fairfield on Thursday before fleeing. Law enforcement officials apprehended him hours later about 110 miles (180 kilometres) to the south, near Prairie View. Waller County sheriff's deputies initiated a stop and shots were fired, but it was unclear who opened fire from sheriff's reports.

Fairfield is about 90 miles (150 kilometres) southeast of Dallas

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12:30 a.m.

A Texas state trooper is dead after he was shot during a Thanksgiving traffic stop in East Texas.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says 41-year-old Trooper Damon Allen was killed Thursday following a traffic stop on Interstate 45 near Fairfield, about 90 miles (145 kilometres) south of Dallas. Authorities say Allen was shot with a rifle and died at the scene.

The suspect was apprehended Thursday night near Prairie View, about 110 miles (177 kilometres) south of Fairfield. DPS identified the suspect as 32-year-old Dabrett Black of Lindale, Texas. Officials say Black is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

DPS says Allen joined the department in 2002. He was married with three daughters and a son, according to an obituary that the funeral home posted Friday.

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This update has been corrected to show that Trooper Damon Allen is survived by three daughters and a son, according to an obituary, not three children as previously reported.

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