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Man accused of shooting trooper had long criminal past

Man accused of shooting trooper had long criminal past

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The man accused of gunning down a Louisiana state trooper who stopped to offer him roadside assistance last Sunday spent much of the past two decades in and out of prison, including a stint for setting his mother's house on fire.

Burglary. Assault. Arson. A string of DWIs. Kevin Daigle's criminal history, provided to The Associated Press by law enforcement officials across two parishes in southwest Louisiana, was lengthy. He'd only been out of jail since March.

Alcohol was the switch, according to Daigle's sister-in-law.

"Kevin was a good person until he started drinking. When he started drinking, he went bonkers," said Diane Daigle. "All his life he was like that. The first drink he took in his mouth, it took everything out of him and he became like a Jekyll and a Hyde."

Police suspect Daigle, 53, had been drinking when they say he shot Senior Trooper Steven Vincent on Sunday evening.

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