BELL CITY, La., Aug. 24 (UPI) — Louisiana Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, who was shot in the head and then taunted by the alleged driver the officer stopped to help, died Monday.
Vincent, 43, on Sunday afternoon, drove up to the truck of Kevin Daigle, 54, which was stuck in a ditch, near Bell City. Vincent determined that the truck’s license plates matched a previous report of a “reckless vehicle.”
A video recording of the event reveals Vincent talking to Daigle, who was in the car, before Daigle opened his door, pulled out a sawed-off shotgun and shot Vincent in the head, according to USA Today.
Daigle apparently stood over Vincent and taunted the trooper, according to Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of Louisiana State Police.
“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 told reporters.
Daigle attempted to flee the scene but was detained by other motorists who wrestled the shotgun away from him and detained him with Vincent’s handcuffs.
Vincent, a 13-year veteran of the force, was hospitalized and listed in critical condition, but died Monday.
“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,” Edmonson said in a statement. “As an organization, we are heartbroken over this senseless and tragic death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his surviving wife Katherine and his son Ethan as well as his entire extended family.”