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Video: Louisiana Trooper Dies After Being Shot in Head by Drunk Driver

August 23, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Louisiana Trooper Shot in Head by Drunk Driver

A Louisiana trooper died Monday after he was shot Sunday by an apparently stranded motorist who stood over the officer and told him afterward, "You're lucky — you're going to die soon," state police said.

Police video showed Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, a 13-year state police veteran in southwest Louisiana and member of a law enforcement family, trying to talk a man out of the vehicle stuck sideways in a ditch, Col. Mike Edmonson told the Associated Press Sunday night.

He said the truck door opened and the man, identified as Kevin Daigle, 54, of Lake Charles, came out with the shotgun.

At least two or three buckshot pellets hit Vincent, doing major damage. "His brain is not telling his body what to do," Edmonson said.

Police say two or three drivers stopped immediately, one of them slewing around on the two-lane highway.

That driver wrestled the shotgun away from Daigle, and, with the others, got him to the ground, and snapped Vincent's handcuffs on his wrists, Edmonson said. As far as he knew, he said, the good Samaritans were unhurt.

Kevin Daigle, 54, is charged with attempted murder of a police officer. (Photo: Louisiana State Police)
Kevin Daigle, 54, is charged with attempted murder of a police officer. (Photo: Louisiana State Police)

Edmonson said Daigle had "numerous DWIs" and other arrests that he wouldn't discuss because he didn't know whether they resulted in convictions. Daigle faces charges including attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, Edmonson said.

Comments (10)

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TBOW426 @ 8/24/2015 9:36 AM

Only wish the good Samaritans had shot this piece of garbage. Louisiana People!!! God love them!!!! They stopped and got involved. THANK YOU! Deepest condolences to LSP and family.

Chris @ 8/24/2015 9:56 AM

Prayers go to this officer's family. I pray that people see the sacrifice of an officer for the public safety. 10-42 brother and thank you for your sacrifice. I am deeply saddened by this event and hope that suspect pays for his crimes...

Joe @ 8/24/2015 10:42 AM

Agreed. Thank you whoever you are for helping the officer not be alone in his final moments. Condolences to his family and his LSP extended family.

Slammer @ 8/24/2015 11:08 AM

What a POS! Louisiana has the death penalty, don't they?

S.S. @ 8/24/2015 11:15 AM

May you R.I.P. Trooper. I just hope swift justice is done and this fucker kills himself what a p.o.s. Worthless motherf**ker.

kevCopAz @ 8/24/2015 11:19 AM

For a typical road side accident or assist you lose your life! So where is the outrage the riots the NBC MSNBC etc etc rallying around cops?? AND they say WE are hunting Black males???? Sure looks like its cop hunting season not the other way around. Sad sad story, God be with the Trooper and his family.

Jon Retired LEO @ 8/24/2015 2:13 PM

The way this piece of garbage looks in the picture, he is most probably drunk 24 hours a day. The smirk is hard to look at after what he did. Hope he gets at least the needle but the chair would be more appropriate for him. Deepest condolences to Trooper Vincent's family and to the Louisiana State Police.

AZBIGDOG @ 8/24/2015 2:20 PM

God bless the Trooper and his family. The attempted should be murder now. I hope Daigle suffers long and hard before he dies. Maybe he will just simply rid himself of himself.

Morning Eagle @ 8/25/2015 2:36 AM

I hope Louisiana has the death penalty and that it will be applied swiftly and surely to this worthless POS that deserves death for doing something so senseless. Our hearts go out to the Trooper, his family and the LSP.

Bob peterson @ 9/7/2015 6:34 PM

Don't put him in prison. Just let everyone know the time and date you will let him out of the back door of the county jail.

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