Colonel Michael Edmonson, Director of the Louisiana State Police sadly reports the death of Trooper Steven Vincent.

Trooper Steven Vincent, 43, was shot & killed while checking on a suspicious vehicle. Vincent was on patrol and spotted a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle involved in a prior reckless driving incident. The vehicle was stuck in a ditch.

Trooper Vincent contacted the driver and requested he exit the vehicle. The suspect complied with Trooper Vincent’s request but had a sawed off shotgun hidden in his hand and behind his back as he exited the vehicle. The suspect brandished the weapon and opened fire on Trooper Vincent striking him in the head.

A passing motorist witnessed the shooting and took action to assist Trooper Vincent. The motorist tackled the suspect and wrestled the shotgun away from him. Additional citizens stopped to assist and they utilized Trooper Vincent’s handcuffs to restrain the suspect. They then rendered aid to Trooper Vincent and called for assistance.

Trooper Vincent was transported to Lake Charles Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following day.

Trooper Vincent served the Louisiana State Police for thirteen years and was a U.S. Army veteran and served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Also during his thirteen years of service Trooper Vincent had received many accolades and commendations for his service including the Professional Excellence and Meritorious Service Award.

Trooper Vincent is survived by his wife, Katherine and nine year old son, Ethan. Trooper Vincent is also survived by his two brothers, one is a fellow trooper and the other is the Chief of Police in Iowa, Louisiana.

Trooper Steven Vincent-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Monday, August 24, 2015.

Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow

Additional details can be found here:
https://www.odmp.org/officer/22574-senior-trooper-steven-vincent
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3209060/Steven-Vincent-dies-shot-head-helping-stranded-motorist-taunted-him.html
http://www.kplctv.com/story/29860967/lsp-trooper-shot-in-head-after-responding-to-traffic-incident-suspect-in-custody
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/steven-vincent-louisiana-state-trooper-dies-after-being-shot-head-n414836
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/08/24/police-gunman-shot-taunted-louisiana-trooper/32254917/
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/passing-motorists-shooter-attacked-la-trooper-article-1.2335035
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/louisiana-trooper-steven-vincent-dies-day-after-traffic-stop-shooting/