Louisiana State Trooper shot in head dies

Senior Trooper Steven Vincent / LOUISIANA STATE POLICE

UPDATE:

A Louisiana State Police trooper who was shot in the head has died.

According to officials, Senior Trooper Steven Vincent passed away Monday morning from his injuries.

Col. Mike Edmonson, the head of state police, said the trooper was conducting a traffic stop in the Lake Charles area when he was shot. The driver was suspected to be impaired.

Edmonson said at some point during the stop, the driver shot the trooper. Passing motorists were able to detain the suspect until troopers were able to place him under arrest, he said.

Here is the statement that was posted on the state’s Facebook page about the trooper’s death.

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. 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. ( Brothers, Tpr. Terrell Vincent and Chief Keith Vincent) Steven was proud to serve as a Louisiana State Trooper and we were proud to count him among our ranks. This loss exacts an enormous emotional toll on the State Police family, but we will do what is necessary and proper to honor Steven and support those who knew and loved him. He will be missed but never forgotten. Prayers.

Colonel Michael D. Edmonson


 

BELL CITY, La. – A Louisiana State Police trooper has been critically injured after he was shot in the head while making a traffic stop Sunday in Calcasieu Parish.

Col. Mike Edmonson, the head of state police, said the trooper was conducting a traffic stop in the Lake Charles area. The driver was suspected to be impaired.

Edmonson said at some point during the stop, the driver shot the trooper. Passing motorists were able to detain the suspect until troopers were able to place him under arrest, he said.

Edmonson said other Good Samaritans helped treat the trooper until first responders arrived on the scene.

State police haven’t released the condition and identity of the trooper.

The identity of the gunman hasn’t been released.

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