LOUISIANA (AP) — Louisiana State Police say a trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday when he tried to arrest a driver suspected of being drunk or drugged in southwest Louisiana.
Michael Edmonson, head of Louisiana state police, says the trooper who was shot in the head on Sunday is a 13-year veteran who has a 9-year-old son.
The 43-year-old Master Trooper Steven Vincent is from a law enforcement family — one brother is also a state trooper and another is a town police chief.
The suspect, 54-year-old Kevin Daigle of Lake Charles was arrested. The charges against Daigle will include attempted murder of a police officer.
Regional spokesman James Anderson says both Vincent and Daigle are white.
Vincent was shot after receiving a call that Daigle was driving erratically and had drove his pickup truck into a ditch.
Edmonson says several civilians subdued Daigle, put the trooper’s handcuffs on him and gave the trooper first aid.
At approximately 5:45 p.m. Louisiana State Police say a trooper was shot in the head Sunday afternoon by a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch after being reported as driving erratically.
Sgt. James Anderson, state police spokesman in southwest Louisiana, says the trooper was in critical but stable condition Sunday evening at a hospital in Lake Charles.
Anderson says other drivers helped the trooper, called for help using the trooper’s radio, and detained the driver.
Anderson says the man was belligerent and appeared impaired after his arrest.
Anderson says the man fought with other drivers, and was in a hospital being treated for scrapes and other injuries.