State Police trooper shot in Mason County
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:37:50 GMT —
Update: 1:00 am
Authorities say the Michigan state trooper who was shot during a traffic stop in western Michigan has died.
Trooper Paul Butterfield died Monday night during emergency surgery at Munson Medical Center, MSP confirmed in a press release. Two suspects are in police custody.
The incident happened Monday evening in Mason County's Sherman Township, northeast of Ludington.
Butterfield had stopped a vehicle at 6:20 p.m. There was an exchange of gunfire and the trooper was shot in the head. The suspects then fled the scene.
Officials say that about four minutes later, a passerby saw the trooper on the side of road and called 911 to report the officer had been shot in the head.
WJR-AM says the trooper was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition.
The suspects' vehicle was located based on information Butterfield had called in. Police located two suspects at a gas station in Wellston, Mich. at about 8:30 p.m. Police exchanged gunfire, and one suspect was shot.
A male and female were taken into custody and the injured suspect was taken to a hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Butterfield was in his 40s. He served at the Manistee and Hart MSP posts. He had been with MSP for 14 years since 1999 and was newly engaged. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
"Tonight we lost a hero," stated 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."
Police released few details about those suspects Monday night.
MSP hopes to have more information on the shooting available to the public Tuesday morning.