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

Source: Louisiana State Police

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.

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.

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