A Louisiana state trooper was shot and killed by a motorist in a stalled vehicle he had stopped to help.
On Sunday, Steven Vincent, 43, was shot in the head with a sawed-off shotgun, and he died of his injuries on Monday morning, State Police commander Col. Mike Edmonson said in a Facebook post. “As an organization, we are heartbroken over this senseless and tragic death,” Edmonson wrote. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his surviving wife Katherine and his son Ethan as well as his entire extended family.”
Two passing motorists witnessed the shooting and pulled over to help, authorities said, according to CNN. They wrestled the suspect to the ground, taking the shotgun from him and using Vincent’s handcuffs to detain him. They then used the police radio to call for help.
Police identified the suspect as 54-year-old Kevin Daigle. Vincent pulled over to help him after he noticed Daigle’s truck was stuck in a ditch. The truck reportedly matched the description of one that had been reported driving recklessly, cops said.
Vincent was approaching the car when Daigle opened his door and fired “at least two or three pellets” into the state trooper, Edmonson said.
He then got out of the car and walked over to Vincent. In a recorded exchange, Daigle can allegedly be heard telling the state trooper, “You’re lucky. You’re lucky – you’re going to die soon,” according to Edmonson.
Vincent was a 13-year veteran of the force and a married father of one.
As of Sunday, Daigle faced various charges, including a count of attempted first-degree murder. That will presumably now be upgraded following Vincent’s death on Monday.
On Monday, a roommate of Daigle’s was found dead, and police said Daigle is a suspect in his slaying, according to a report by CBS.
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