State Trooper Shot To Death During Traffic Stop

HART, Mich. (September 10, 2013)—Two people were in custody Tuesday after a state trooper was shot to death during a traffic stop in western Michigan.

Trooper Paul Butterfield stopped a vehicle at 6:20 p.m. Monday in Mason County's Sherman Township 80 miles north of Grand Rapids, Mich.

Three minutes later a motorist called 911 and reported that the trooper had been shot in the head.

Butterfield died during emergency surgery.

Sherman Township is 80 miles north of Grand Rapids.

A vehicle later was found based on information Butterfield had called in.

Police found two suspects at a gas station at around 8:30 p.m. in the exchange of gunfire that followed one suspect was shot.

A man and woman were taken into custody.

The man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Gov. Rick Snyder says Butterfield's death is a "grim reminder" of the dangers involved in protecting the public.


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