Suspect freed, trooper killed 2 years later
In a matter of seconds, the 2015 encounter between a Smith County deputy and Dabrett Black would become very violent.
The deputy suffered a broken nose and two black eyes during a beating that lasted almost two minutes. He needed six stitches to close wounds above both his eyes.
It was the first of three violent confrontations with law enforcement – the last of occurred Thanksgiving when police say he pulled a rifle during a traffic stop and shot Trooper Damon Allen in the back.