State Trooper Shot And Killed During Traffic Stop

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9.10 trooperHART, Mich. — The Michigan State Police are mourning the loss of Trooper Paul Butterfield of the Hart Post, who was killed when he was shot during a traffic stop Monday evening.

Suspects were arrested a couple of hours later after exchanging gunfire with officers from several agencies; one of the suspects was wounded.

Michigan State Police Lt. Chris McIntire says it happened around 6:20 p.m Monday at North Custer Road and East Townline Road in Free Soil, which is northeast of Ludington in Mason County. A passerby found the trooper shortly after he was shot.

The trooper, who is a veteran of the force, was airlifted to Munson Hospital in critical condition but died during emergency surgery.

Around 8:30 p.m., two suspects, a man and a woman, were located at the Dublin Store in Manistee County, said Lt. McIntire. Gunfire was exchanged there, and one of the suspects was wounded.  Lt. McIntire says both suspects were taken into custody, and the male was transported to the hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

Trooper Butterfield had reported to dispatch that he had established a suspect during the stop, according to a late-night MSP release.

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“Tonight we lost a hero,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP.  “The entire MSP family, as well as our greater law enforcement family, mourns alongside the Butterfields.  Trooper Butterfield’s sacrifice will never be forgotten; may he rest in peace.”

Trooper Butterfield joined MSP in 1999, and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He has served at the Manistee and Hart Posts. He was 43 years old, MSP tell FOX 17 that Butterfield’s father is also a retired state trooper.

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7 comments

  • steebck

    when they pull you over for absolutely no reason at all and  search you and just be idiots it don’t surprise me people shoot them!!!!!!!!!

  • I'LL BE YOUR GUEST

    BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY……MAKE A PUBLIC EXAMPLE OF THEM……, THESE TWO NEED TO NEVER SMILE AGAIN….ABOUT NOTHING!

  • Brett

    TROOPER AND ARMY VETERAN THAT GET'S HIS LIFE TAKEN FROM HIM BY A WORTHLESS IDIOT IN SOCIETY. PETTY CRIMINAL UNTIL THAT MOMENT, AND NOW AN INDIVIDUAL THAT HAS SERVED OUR COUNTRY AND COMMUNITY IN VARIOUS CAPACITIES IS LOST.

    REGARDLESS OF YOUR BELIEFS, TROOPER BUTTERFIELD'S FAMILY WILL NEED WELL-WISHES AND PRAYERS AT THIS TIME.

  • Linda

    My heart is breaking for this fallen brother. Michigan needs to bring back capital punishment. The perps needed a direct line to a firing squad. Kill them the same way they killed Officer Butterfield. Saves the taxpayers lots of money, only 25 cents a shot. Rest in peace fallen brother, your family will be taken care of. </3