Colonel Mike Edmonson On Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent Killed By Kevin Daigle Sawed-off Shotgun
Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson was joined by Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Tony Mancuso and State Police Commanders for a 9pm press conference at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital to update the public on the shooting of Senior Trooper Steven Vincent.
Posted by Louisiana State Police on Sunday, August 23, 2015
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[Colonel Mike Edmonson On Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent Killed By Kevin Daigle Sawed-off Shotgun]
[Col. Mike Edmonson:] Source: LYBIO.net
Hi, I’m Mike Edmonson the head of the Louisiana State Police, I’m joined by several of my troopers and command staff and I’m also here with Sheriff Tony Mancuso who is not only a Sheriff of Calcasieu Parish but a very dear friend of mine.
There is so much I want to talk about and certainly I’m going to get to what happened at the scene some time around 2 o’clock, two-thirty this afternoon.
First, I want to talk about my trooper Steven Vincent, he’s up on the third floor right now and he’s fighting for his life. And we think of what would happen just a few short hours ago, its not something he should be doing right now.
Here, here – here’s a good guy. His wife Katherine and his son Ethan, nine years-old. Here’s a guy who loved to – he ran marathons. He ran a marathon last night before he went to bed because he felt like it was something he liked to do, he was a good healthy guy and as we [are] standing here, the doctors tell us his organs are in great shape, his heart is there, his lungs is there, they’re all ready to work. But the gun shot wound to his head uh… has messed up his neurological output. Simply, I guess, it’s simply put, his brain is not telling the rest of his body what to do, so. They’re up there running tests, I got a chance to be next to him. I held his hand with his wife, I just prayed. I didn’t know what else to do, I think that’s what we need to do right now.
Cause here’s a guy who gave his life 13 years with the Louisiana State Police. 13 years. Here’s a guy 30 [correction] 43 years-old. Just a – just a good person. It shouldn’t happen like this – I went out to the scene, I saw the car – I’ll tell you, what did happen.
He was an individual that several people were calling in and said that it was a suspected DWI, he was swerving all over the road in a pick-up truck, here comes Steven, Steven encounters that he’s in a ditch, he’s run off into a ditch, he’s kind of side-ways. And I’m watching the tape and I’m listening to my troop who is sitting there. He’s talking to the guy, he’s telling the guy, ‘Won’t you – won’t you get out, let me help you. Come on out, I’ll help you. We’ll call a wrecker to come get your truck. I’ll – I’ll give you a ride. I’ll take you.’
Just trying to get him out of his truck. Source: LYBIO.net
And I watched the tape a few minutes later. I watched that truck door came open and I saw a shot-gun blast. This guy was carrying a sawed off shot gun – let me tell you something – that shut gun wasn’t to do anything else but hurt somebody, kill somebody. That’s – that’s what that was. And I watched that shot gun blast on the tape, I saw my trooper go backwards and go back towards his unit. Where he was going to try to get some help out of it. Then I watched that individual, I watched him, I watched Kevin Daigle walk from his pick-up truck, wandering in the road-way. And made it over to the trooper, talking to him, asking if he’s alive, you can hear him breathing in there. And tell him, ‘Oh, you’re lucky, you’re lucky, you’re going to die soon.’ That’s the words that came out of his mouth.
Let me tell you, two to three, one stopped immediately, an incredible good Samaritan a civilian that was riding by, we watched him pass by on tape. He turned around and he encountered that individual. On his own he encountered the individual carrying a shot gun, he wrestled away with him [correction] from him, as he’s there. Some other people stopped, they got him on the ground and actually used my trooper, used his handcuffs and handcuffed the guy.
He’s up there fighting for his life right now.
[Col. Mike Edmonson:] Source: LYBIO.net
I’ve asked people all across the good city of Lake Charles the great Parish of Calcasieu across this state, around this country to simply do one thing and that’s pray.
His prayers is more than anything else we need right now, everything else is going to take care of themselves.
I just left his wife a few minutes ago, you know what she wants to hear? She wants to hear his voice. That’s the words she wants to hear.
We can tell her what happened, we can show it to her at some point, we just can’t tell her why.
And it saddens me to come to a situation like this for a good person, a good trooper, a good police officer.
I’m thankful to the Acadian Ambulance Calcasieu Parish office for getting there quickly for my troopers and getting him air lifted to the hospital, and talked to a team of wonderful doctors who are sitting there saying, you know what, we’re going to do everything we can. We just need that brain to talk to the rest of his body. And say, hey wake up, that’s what we are asking god to do tonight. Simply, wake him up.
As far as our individual Kevin Daigle, he’s 54 years old, he’s known to police in this area, he’s been stopped many times. 54-years old, numerous DWI’s, we turned him over to the Calcasieu Police Department, or we’ll do it at some point, now they’re getting him checked out. He’s going to be charged with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, several other charges will coincide with that.
Just a – just a sad situation, when we stop to think about it. This is not supposed to happen.
He’s the First Responder, police officers simply doing their job, they’re going to help somebody off the road, they could of hurt somebody else. And what does he do? He hurts the person that’s going to help him.
What I’m going to do before we answer any questions, I’ll let Sheriff Mancuso, this is his area. He knows – he knows the family, our troopers brother is the Chief of Police of Iowa. His other brother is a State Trooper. His family lives and breathes law enforcement. Which means they’re good people, they just want to help people. [Sheriff Tony Mancuso].
[Sheriff Tony Mancuso:]
I just want to say the same thing. You know, all of us, I see other law enforcement agencies here, we are all a family here and uh… you know… as the Colonel said, um… our hearts ar hurting right now and it’s tough. Uh… and… and… as the troop commander said: uh… we – we still gonna be out there tonight, working for you. Uh… we don’t got time to grieve cause we gonna have to get out there and still patrol our streets and keep our neighborhood safe and that’s what we do for you everyday. So as the Colonel said, I’m begging you and asking you to please pray tonight, not just for this gentleman but for all the police officers around this world uh… in this state, in this country… in this city… uh… cause this is a tragic, this hurts all of us… uh… this gets us right in the heart uh… and these people put their lives on the line every day in this community… and and, as the Colonel said, and um… we, we, we just want you to pray tonight for this trooper we’re gonna do everything we can to put the bandages on and console each other, right now we just need your prayers, so thank you.
[Col. Mike Edmonson:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
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