AUSTIN – Services for Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) 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, Trooper Allen was fatally shot by a suspect during a traffic stop south of Fairfield in Freestone County. Trooper Allen proudly served the department for more than 15 years. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and son. 

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 5-7 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home (located at 900 U.S. Highway 84, Teague, TX 75860). Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at the Mexia High School football stadium (located at approximately 1100 North Bailey St., Mexia, TX 76667, just south of the junior high school). 

Interment will follow at the Salem Cemetery in Freestone County. 

“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 – Trooper Allen will be missed beyond measure by all who knew him. Trooper Allen will live on in our hearts, and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers remain with his loved ones, and Trooper Allen and his family will always be a part of the DPS family.”

Trooper Allen, 41, was commissioned as a Trooper in July of 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.