Colonel Kristie Etue, Director of the Michigan State Police, reports that Trooper Paul Butterfield was killed during a traffic stop Monday evening at about 6:20 pm. Butterfield, who was in his 40’s, was assigned to the Hart Post Detachment in Mason County.
Butterfield made a traffic stop near the intersection Beyer and Custer Roads in Mason County’s Sherman Township. That is in the northwest portion of the Lower Peninsula near the city of Ludington on the edge of the Manistee National Forest.
The reason for the traffic stop has not yet been released, but Butterfield and the suspects exchanged gunfire. Michigan State Police have not yet released the motive for the shooting.
Less than 5 minutes after the shooting, a motorist came upon the scene and found Trooper Butterfield lying face down in the road. The suspects had fled the scene. The motorist called authorities and reported the shooting and rendered first aid to Trooper Butterfield.
He was airlifted by AeroMed helicopter to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City where he underwent emergency surgery. Troopers in the Grayling Michigan area contacted Trooper Butterfield’s parents and transported them to Munson Medical Center. Butterfield died during surgery just prior to midnight.
An intense search for the suspects and vehicle resulted in police identifying a male and female at a Wellston Michigan gas station about 2 hours after the incident. Another gun battle ensued. The male suspect was shot in the knee as the two attempted to flee while being taken into custody. The suspect’s gunshot wound was not life threatening and he was treated for his injury. The suspects are currently incarcerated in the Mason County Jail.
Trooper Butterfield served the Michigan State Police for 14 years and was an. Army veteran. He had been recently engaged to be married. Trooper Butterfield is survived by his parents, fiancé, and siblings.
Trooper Paul Butterfield, gone but never forgotten. EOW: Monday, September 9, 2013
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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