Son of fallen Trooper, honors father in ceremony

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WTXF/AP)- Last August, a Senior Louisiana State Trooper was killed in the line of duty after a stranded motorist shot him in the head.

This past week, Trooper Steven Vincent's name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Wall.

In a ceremony, Vincent's young son honored his father at the podium.

Louisiana State Police shared video of the ceremony on their Facebook page Wednesday.


Senior Trooper Steven Vincent, 43, was attempting to assist the alleged gunman when he came across his pickup truck stuck sideways in a ditch.

Police video showed Vincent, a 13-year state police veteran in southwest Louisiana and member of a law enforcement family, very professionally trying to talk a man out of the vehicle stuck sideways in a ditch, Edmonson said.

That's when police said the truck door opened and Daigle came out with the saw-off shotgun.

After the shooting, police say the suspect, Kevin Daigle, wandered into the road and over to Vincent, asking if he 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," Col. Mike Edmonson said.

Both Daigle and the trooper who was shot are white, he said.

Edmonson said Vincent leaves behind a wife, Katherine, and a 9-year-old son, Ethan. Edmonson said one of Vincent's brothers is also a state trooper, while another is police chief in the nearby town of Iowa.

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