NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) — A veteran Louisiana State Police trooper has died of a head wound suffered while he tried to help a stranded motorist.
Col. Mike Edmonson, head of the Louisiana State Police, says 43-year-old Senior Trooper Steven Vincent died Monday at a hospital in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Edmonson says Vincent was shot by a man whose pickup truck was stuck sideways in a ditch.
Edmonson says 54-year-old Kevin Daigle of Lake Charles has been arrested. Daigle faces charges including attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
Daigle was wrestled to the ground by other motorists who saw the fallen policeman.
Edmonson says Vincent was a 13-year Louisiana State Police veteran who was married and has a nine-year-old son.
Edmonson Released a Statement on Vincent’s Death
“As an organization, we are heartbroken over this senseless and tragic death,” Edmonson said in a statement Monday morning.
“This loss exacts an enormous emotional toll on the State Police family, but we will do what is necessary and proper to honor Steven and support those who knew and loved him. He will be missed but never forgotten. Prayers,” he added.
Man who shot trooper told him he would ‘die soon’
The head of the Louisiana State Police says a man accused of shooting a state trooper with a sawed-off shotgun told him afterward, “You’re lucky — you’re going to die soon.”
Edmonson said Sunday night that 43-year-old Senior Trooper Steven Vincent was fighting for his life after being shot in the head by a man whose pickup truck was stuck sideways in a ditch.
Edmonson says Daigle was under arrest at a hospital where he was taken after other motorists saw the fallen policeman and wrestled Daigle to the ground.
Edmonson says police video showed Vincent professionally trying to talk a man out of the truck.
He said the truck door opened and Daigle came out with the shotgun.