Suspect In Trooper Shooting Death Has Criminal Past, PPO Against Him

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Eric Knysz stillGRAND RAPIDS, Mich.,– New details are emerging about the male suspect connected to the shooting death of a Michigan State Trooper.

Eric Knysz, 19, and his wife Sarah, 20, were taken into custody in Manistee County following the incident Monday night.

Trooper Paul Butterfield was found in Mason County, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head after attempting a traffic stop. He died a short time later in the hospital.

FOX 17 obtained a personal protection order taken out in Lake County by the supect’s uncle, Matthew Knysz. The document, filed in March 2013, stated that he had been assaulted by his nephew and felt threatened by him. He wrote “[Eric] has access to several guns and I am afraid of him.”

According to public records, Knysz also has several convictions, including first degree home invasion, drunk driving, carrying a concealed weapon and domestic violence.

Sarah Knysz, who is several months pregnant, has no criminal record.

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  • Judy Kettunen

    Matthew Knysz is NOT the uncle of Eric – they are cousins. Eric's dad Jack and Matt dad Pete are brothers. Just clarifying an error here.

  • Kevin

    Clarify all you want. It still doesn't take away that someone had a PPO against him and was afraid of him. That little fact is somewhat irrelevant to the big picture.

  • IronsLady

    Judy was just wanting to make a correction, nothing wrong with that. Journalists should make sure they have the facts before they submit their stories… Judy and I have known this family for 20 years…there is much more to this story, the media has only scraped the tip of the iceberg. I hope there is full scale investigation against the whole family involved, since the shooter 'had access to several guns'….hmmmm.

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