Louisiana State Trooper dies after being shot in head during traffic stop

LSP Colonel: “We are heartbroken over this senseless and tragic death.”

Steven Vincent

BELL CITY, La. (MEDIA GENERAL) – In a statement, the Louisiana State Police confirmed Trooper Steven Vincent died Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, one day after being shot in the head during a traffic stop.

This photo released by the Louisiana State Police shows Kevin Daigle, 54, of Lake Charles, La.  A Louisiana state trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, during a struggle with a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch after being reported as driving erratically, Louisiana State Police said. Col. Michael Edmonson, head of state police, said the arrested man, Daigle, had a number of previous arrests, though he did not know details. He said he did not know all the charges that Daigle will face, but they will include attempted murder of a police officer. (Louisiana State Police via AP)
This photo released by the Louisiana State Police shows Kevin Daigle, 54, of Lake Charles, La. A Louisiana state trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015, during a struggle with a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch after being reported as driving erratically, Louisiana State Police said. Col. Michael Edmonson, head of state police, said the arrested man, Daigle, had a number of previous arrests, though he did not know details. He said he did not know all the charges that Daigle will face, but they will include attempted murder of a police officer. (Louisiana State Police via AP)

Vincent, 43, allegedly was shot by Kevin Daigle with a sawed-off shotgun Sunday afternoon. Col. Mike Edmonson said Vincent’s dash cam captured the shooting, including Daigle allegedly telling Vincent, “You are going to die soon.”

“I watched the shotgun blast hit my trooper,” Edmonson said.

In the statement, Edmonson called Vincent’s death traffic and senseless.

Said Edmonson: “As an organization, we are heartbroken over this senseless and tragic death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his surviving wife, Katherine, and his son, Ethan, as well as his entire extended family. … Steven was proud to serve as a Louisiana State Trooper and we are proud to count him among our ranks.”

Vincent was a 13-year veteran of the Louisiana State Police.

Daigle, 54, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, has been arrested. Authorities have not formally filed charges but a murder charge is expected following Vincent’s death.

According to an Associated Press report, Vincent stopped after receiving a call of an erratic driver. The trooper came upon Daigle after he drove his pickup truck into a ditch.

Edmonson said a group of civilians subdued Daigle after the shooting, including using Vincent’s handcuffs to restrain him and give Vincent first aid.

NBC4i.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s