LAKE CHARLES, LA (WAFB) - A Louisiana State Trooper who was shot Sunday afternoon during a traffic stop near Lake Charles has died, and now the suspect may also be connected to a homicide that happened before the trooper was shot and killed.
Trooper Steven Vincent, a 13-year-veteran of the State Police force, passed away Monday morning from gunshot wounds sustained during the incident.
Vincent was responding to a call of a man driving erratically around 2:45 p.m. Sunday. When he arrived, he found a truck in a ditch on LA 14.
Authorities say when Vincent attempted to assist the driver, 54-year-old Kevin Daigle stepped out of his car and shot Vincent.
Bystanders managed to subdue Daigle and hold him until police arrived.
Vincent was airlifted to Lake Charles Memorial Hospital where he later died.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is working a homicide in the 1400 block of Holly Vale Road in Moss Bluff that may have a connection to the man accused of killing a state trooper Sunday afternoon, Sheriff Tony Mancuso said.
The deceased male was a roommate of Kevin Daigle, Mancuso said. Police are not sure if Daigle either lived at the victim's home or simply staying there regularly.
Mancuso said the Sheriff's Office began investigating after the man who lives at the home did not report for work this morning.
"We came here, we did a welfare check and we did find him deceased," Mancuso said. "We are working it as a homicide."
Daigle was booked into Calcasieu Parish jail on several charges including first-degree murder of a police officer.