AUSTIN, Tex. (KXII) -- Services for Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Damon Allen, who died in the line of duty on Thanksgiving Day, will begin Thursday, Nov. 30, in Teague.
At approximately 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, Allen was fatally shot by a suspect during a traffic stop south of Fairfield in Freestone County.
Allen proudly served the department for more than 15 years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and son.
Visitation will be held from 5 -7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30 at Bowers Funeral Home.
Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at the Mexia High School football stadium. Interment will follow at the Salem Cemetery* in Freestone Count.
“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."
Allen, 41, was commissioned as a Trooper in July 2002, and he 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.