Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent died on Monday morning. Trooper Vincent was shot in the head and taunted by his killer after stopping to help a driver whose truck was stuck in a ditch. Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson said Kevin Daigle shot Vincent and was caught on video saying, “You’re lucky, you are going to die soon.”
Steven Vincent, 43, was near Bell City on Sunday afternoon when he noticed Kevin Daigle in a truck stuck in a ditch, USA Today reports. The Louisiana State Trooper then reportedly noticed that the plates on the pickup matched the description on a “reckless vehicle” radio report.
State police Colonel Edmonson told the media that a recording from a device inside Steven Vincent’s cruiser showed Kevin Daigle talking with the Louisiana trooper when the gunman suddenly opened his door and pulled out a sawed-off shotgun. Daigle shot Vincent in the head, according to Edmonson.
“I watched the truck door come open and saw the shotgun blast,” Colonel Edmonson stated during a press conference at the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital on Sunday evening.
After walking over to the Louisiana state trooper to see if he was still alive, Edmonson said the recording captured Daigle breathing and the comments he made to the fatally wounded police officer, NBC News reports.
“You could hear him [Daigle] breathing, telling him, ‘You’re lucky. You’re lucky — you’re going to die soon.’ Those are the words that came out of his mouth,” Edmonson added.
Drivers who passed by the police shooting stopped to help and were soon able to subdue Daigle, 54, and use Vincent’s handcuffs to restrain him until the police arrived.
Steven Vincent was airlifted to Lake Charles hospital with a head wound and possible brain damage — the state trooper was listed in critical condition.
“The gunshot has messed up his neurological output. His brain is not telling the rest of his body what to do,” Colonel Edmonson said. “Troopers bravely embark each day across the state to serve and protect the citizens of Louisiana while fully realizing the inherent dangers.”
Trooper Vincent had been a Louisiana State Trooper for 13 years. He was a husband and the father of a 9-year-old son.
Kevin Daigle is was charged with attempted murder in the first degree for the Steven Vincent shooting. Those charges will likely be amended now that the trooper has died.
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