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.