HOUSTON, Nov. 27, 2017 -- Several shooting incidents happened in Houston, the U.S. state of Texas, during Thanksgiving and Black Friday with two people killed, including a public safety officer.
A Texas Department of Public Safety officer was shot and killed in the line of duty on Thanksgiving afternoon in Houston, the department confirmed, adding that "preliminary information" indicated trooper Damon Allen was shot as he returned to his patrol vehicle.
Allen, 41, died after being shot around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon by a man later identified by police as Dabrett Black, 32, who then fled the scene.
Black was captured nearly five hours into a massive manhunt was announced by Texas authorities. He was charged with capital murder Friday morning, court records show.
A male body was found Friday morning outside a middle school in southern Houston, local police said. The Houston Police Department's homicide division received information about the shooting at around 10 a.m. locol time.
Police said the dead is not believed to be a student or employee of the middle school. The deadly shooting is still under investigation.
On Friday afternoon, two people have been injured in a shooting and stabbing incident at a shopping mall in Houston.
Both persons have been airlifted for hospital care, according to the Houston Police Department. The names of the injured have not been released.
The popular north Houston shopping center was filled with thousands of Black Friday deal shoppers when the incident occurred.