Funeral services for fallen state trooper announced in Lake Charles

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Kevin Daigle, accused murderer of Louisiana trooper, makes first court appearance.

“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,” said Col. The man accused of gunning down a Louisiana state trooper who stopped to offer him roadside assistance spent much of the past two decades in and out of prison, including a stint for setting his mother’s house on fire. Mike Edmonson, of the Louisiana state police, said in a statement posted to Facebook. “As an organization, we are heartbroken over this senseless and tragic death.” The Washington Post reports that Vincent was allegedly shot and killed by 54 year old Kevin Daigle. Kevin Daigle, 54, is alleged to have shot Vincent in the head with a sawed-off shotgun on Sunday as Vincent was walking toward Daigle’s truck, which had stopped in a ditch. Some distant bystanders had waved Robert LeDoux over to the side of the road before he reached the scene and told him he shouldn’t get any closer; it was too dangerous, they said, and the man had a gun of his own.

That guy’s got a gun,’” LeDoux told The Associated Press as he recounted how it was that he ended up tackling and capturing the gunman on Sunday. A public defender has been appointed to represent Daigle, who is also a suspect in the killing of his roommate, who was found dead Monday but may have died earlier. Daigle has been booked into jail at least 12 times since 1987, stemming from incidents involving theft, drugs, DWI, arson and assault, according to KPLC. By the time he was taken into custody in Vincent’s shooting death, Daigle had been well known by law enforcement across Calcasieu and Jefferson Davis parishes in southwest Louisiana. LeDoux said it wasn’t until he saw the trooper’s name tag that he realized he knew the officer because he was good friends with the officer’s brother, also in law enforcement.

Before that, he’d served nearly two years in prison from 2012 to 2014 for a felony arson conviction and parole revocation for a third offense DWI, according to the state corrections department. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso said authorities originally went to the house Sunday evening because the vehicle Daigle was driving was registered there. Daigle had a record and was known to authorities already. “He’s a citizen that has a criminal history in our community,” Mancuso said. “Everything from some battery charges, some domestic issues, battery on a police officer, DWIs. Daigle “led investigators to believe an altercation occurred between him and Brewer which led to Brewer’s death,” the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office said.

One of his brothers was a police chief in Iowa, Louisiana, and another brother is a state trooper. “Nobody wore this badge more proudly than Steven Vincent,” Edmonson said. But when pushed, he acknowledged he helped catch a killer: “I’m the reason we caught him, and I’m the reason (Trooper Vincent’s) able to donate his organs.

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