Funeral held for Texas DPS trooper shot during Thanksgiving traffic stop

Trooper Damon Allen laid to rest

(NBC News)

WALLER COUNTY, Texas – Funeral services were held Friday for a DPS trooper who was shot during a traffic stop on Thanksgiving.

The man accused of killing him, Dabrett Black, is behind bars in a Brazos County jail.

Family, friends, Gov. Greg Abbott and fellow members of law enforcement said their final goodbyes to Trooper Damon Allen, who was 41 when he passed away, at the Mexia High School stadium, where Pastor Bryan Hallmark officiated.

Allen was born in Morgantown Kentucky, on Oct. 4, 1976, and moved to Mexia in 1984, the obituary said.

He graduated from Mexia High School with the class of 1995. In high school, he was a member of the Mexia Black Cat football team. He married Kasey Pickett on Nov. 27, 1993. 

After graduation, he worked briefly for the Mexia State School, then for five years at the Michael Unit for TDCJ, before becoming a DPS state trooper, where he remained for 15 years. 

Damon enjoyed hunting, fishing, and Jeep riding on the dunes at the beach. 

He attended church at the Cowboy Church in Freestone, as well as First Assembly of God in Mexia.

He is survived by his wife, Kasey Pickett Allen, of Teague; three daughters, Marison Allen, Kaitlyn, Chelsea Quinn and her fiancé Colton and their baby, Quest; one son, Cameron Allen; his parents, Jimmy and Sue Allen, of Mexia; three brothers, Ricky Allen and wife Lisa, of Tennessee Colony, Ernie Allen and wife Tena, of Thornton, and Doug Allen and wife Kristen, of Mexia; one sister, Amy Gilmore and husband Jon of Mexia; his mother-in-law Kathy Pickett; brother-in-law, Charlie Pickett and his wife Leslie; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

The family requests memorials be sent to The 100 Club at 5555 San Felipe St., Suite 1750 in Houston, Texas 77056-5527, or online at the100club.org.