Two killings – of Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent, and another man whose identification has not yet been released by the officials – have raised suspicion that they might be somehow connected.
The second deceased victim, whose body was found Monday, lived in a home that he shared with Kevin Daigle, the suspect who has been charged with Vincent’s death.
Col. Michael Edmonson, the police force’s superintendent, said that Vincent was shot Sunday during a traffic stop. Daigle’s pickup was stuck in a ditch by the time Vincent arrived at the scene; Daigle had been veering his vehicle all over the road.
Vincent succumbed to his injuries Monday.
‘His brain is not telling his body what to do’
In a news conference, Edmonson said that a video tape of the encounter showed a shot fired from a shotgun.
“I saw my trooper go backwards and back toward his unit, where he was going to try to get some help out there,” Edmonson said. The major damage was caused by the buckshot pellets that struck Vincent.
“His brain is not telling his body what to do,” Edmonson said.
Daigle approached Vincent after the shooting and asked if the state trooper was alive.
“You could hear him breathing, telling him, `You’re lucky. You’re lucky — you’re going to die soon.’ That’s the words that came out of his mouth,” Edmonson said.
“As an organization, we are heartbroken over this senseless and tragic death,” Edmonson said, as reported by CNN. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his surviving wife, Katherine, and his son (9-year-old) Ethan as well as his entire extended family (including two brothers, Terrell Vincent and Keith Vincent, both of who are in law enforcement).”
Vincent, who is being held at the Calcasieu Parish Jail, attempted to flee the scene but was detained by other motorists with Vincent’s handcuffs.
According to Fox News, Edmonson said Daigle had “numerous DWIs” and other arrests. Daigle was arrested on charges including first-degree murder of a police officer, Edmonson said.
Sgt. James Anderson, southwest Louisiana spokesman for state police, said Daigle was taken to the hospital.
“He struggled with the guys who came to assist — had some scrapes on him and so on,” Anderson said.
The second victim, Daigle’s roommate, was found dead Monday morning when a deputy went to the house. The deputy had been notified that the roommate had not turned up for work that morning.
“We are just now processing the scene,” the deputy said. “We really don’t have a lot of answers.”
In a statement, Sgt. Nick Manale said, “During his 12 years of service, he received 13 awards and commendations, including the department’s Professional Excellence and Meritorious Service Awards as well as numerous Unit Citations for his dedicated and selfless duty throughout the state. He had also served in the United States Army during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm.”
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said in a statement, “Steven was an honorable husband, father and state trooper who courageously served our state for over a decade.
“Brave men and women like Steven put their lives in danger every day to protect our families, and we are extremely grateful to them for keeping us safe.
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