A Louisiana trooper died Monday after a motorist, supposedly stranded, shot him in the head, state police said. The trooper died from injuries he suffered from the gunshot.
The trooper reportedly stopped to help a man in a pickup truck who had run into a ditch. The man got out of his car with a sawed-off shotgun and shot 43-year-old Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, Fox News reports. The man proceeded to stand over Vincent and tell him he was going to die soon.
According to police, the gunshot “messed up (Vincent’s) neurological output” leaving the officer in critical condition Sunday, CNN reports. The accused shooter will be charged with first-degree murder, according to New York Times.
“As an organization, we are heartbroken over this senseless and tragic death,” Col. Michael Edmonson, the police force’s superintendent, said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his surviving wife, Katherine, and his son Ethan as well as his entire extended family.” Vincent has two brothers in the law enforcement as well: Terrell Vincent, another trooper, and Keith Vincent, who is the chief of police in Iowa, Louisiana.
Edmonson said that he watched the tape and that it was “frightening.” The video has not been released, but Edmonson ensured that Vincent did everything correctly.
Edmonson also introduced the man who pulled the shooter away from Vincent, Robert LeDoux of Iowa. “This is a hero,” Edmonson said. LeDoux was just the first person of four to stop and help.
Another driver who had passed by informed LeDoux that a trooper had been shot and he rushed to the scene. He grabbed Kevin Daigle, 54, and pulled him “off our trooper,” Edmonson said.
Vincent was with the Louisiana State Police for 13 years. Flags will fly at half-staff on state buildings until Friday thanks to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. “Steven was an honorable husband, father and State Trooper who courageously served our state for over a decade,” Gov. Jindal said. “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.”