SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Officials with the Smith County Sheriff's Office and Smith County District Attorney's Office are scheduled to speak Monday morning about two cases involving a man suspected of fatally shooting a state trooper.
On Nov. 23, Dabrett Black was arrested in Waller County following a pursuit. Black is charged with capital murder for the death of Texas Department Public Safety Trooper Damon Allen. Allen was shot on Thanksgiving, on Interstate 45 in Freestone County.
The press conference took place at 10:30 a.m. Monday in a Smith County courtroom.
Sheriff Larry Smith read a statement providing a timeline of the county's previous run-ins with Black.
"I would like to begin by saying … it has always been my policy and remains my policy that the only local political race I choose to get in is my own," Smith said.
Smith said he wanted to set the record straight and provide transparency on why and how previous incidents involving Black transpired.
Black has a criminal history in East Texas and had previously had run-ins with area law enforcement.
In a March 2015 incident, he beat former Smith County Deputy Wesley Dean and tried to take his gun. Black took a plea deal in that case. Two years later, in July 2017, law enforcement officers say Black led them on a 105 mph chase in Smith County and intentionally rammed a deputy's vehicle.
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