WWL: State police trooper shot in head during traffic stop

BELL CITY, La. – A Louisiana State Police trooper has been critically injured after he was shot in the head while making a traffic stop Sunday in Calcasieu Parish.

Col. Mike Edmonson, the head of state police, said the trooper was conducting a traffic stop in the Lake Charles area. The driver was suspected to be impaired.

Edmonson said at some point during the stop, the driver shot the trooper. Passing motorists were able to detain the suspect until troopers were able to place him under arrest, he said.

Edmonson said other Good Samaritans helped treat the trooper until first responders arrived on the scene.

State police haven’t released the condition and identity of the trooper.

The identity of the gunman hasn’t been released.

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