Louisiana State Trooper Dies After Traffic Stop Shooting

Monday, August 24, 2015

Louisiana State Police Senior Trooper Steven J. Vincent has died, one day after he was critically injured in a shooting at a traffic stop Sunday, officials said.

"I am very saddened to report that Senior Trooper Steven Vincent has passed away this morning from the gunshot wounds he suffered yesterday in conjunction with a traffic investigation," Louisiana State Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson said in a statement today. "As an organization, we are heartbroken over this senseless and tragic death."

Vincent is survived by his wife and son, police said.

Vincent served the Lake Charles community in Troop D since December 2003, police said.

Vincent responded Sunday afternoon to a pickup truck in a ditch that matched "the description of a previously reported reckless vehicle," the state police said Sunday.

A man armed with a shotgun then fired at Vincent, hitting him in the head, police said. Vincent was hospitalized in critical condition.

The suspect, identified as 54-year-old Kevin Daigle, tried to flee the scene, but several people on the street detained him until police arrived, police said.

Daigle of Lake Charles, Louisiana, was then taken into custody. Police described Daigle as "a suspected impaired driver."

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