Michigan trooper fatally shot during traffic stop - FOX 35 News Orlando

Michigan trooper fatally shot during traffic stop

Posted: Updated:
Trooper Paul Butterfield Trooper Paul Butterfield
HART, Mich. (AP) -

A state trooper who was fatally wounded during a traffic stop in western Michigan played a key role in leading police to the person they believe shot him, authorities said Tuesday.

State police Lt. Chris McIntire said Trooper Paul Butterfield provided location and vehicle information to a dispatcher before he was shot Monday evening in Mason County.

"What he did was perfect," McIntire said during a news conference at the state police's Rockford post. "You can't prepare for something like this. He did the right thing."

Butterfield stopped a vehicle at 6:20 p.m. in Sherman Township, and three minutes later a motorist called 911 to report that a trooper had been shot in the head. Butterfield, 43, died during emergency surgery at Munson hospital. Sherman Township is about 80 miles north of Grand Rapids.

A vehicle later was found based on the information Butterfield had called in, and police located two suspects some 15 miles away at a gas station in Wellston around 8:30 p.m. Police exchanged gunfire with the suspects, and one suspect was shot.

A man and woman were taken into custody. The man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No one has been charged.

"We have a lot to do yet. We are trying to piece the investigation together," McIntire said. "We want to do it right."

Butterfield, who became a trooper in 1999, was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was the son of a retired police officer and spent most of his time at a post in Manistee before he was transferred to Hart in Oceana County, 30 miles south of the shooting site.

"This senseless incident is a grim reminder that our brave public safety officers put their lives on the line every day when they go to work protecting Michiganders," Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement. "They are heroes."

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Victims shot and killed on Detroit's west side identified

    Victims shot and killed on Detroit's west side identified

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:42:19 GMT
    Two families are grieving after the bodies of a young man and woman were found in the street Sunday morning on Detroit's west side. Both were shot and killed.
    Two families are grieving after the bodies of a young man and woman were found in the street Sunday morning on Detroit's west side. Both were shot and killed.
  • Two hospitalized after crashing stolen Corvette in police chase

    Two hospitalized after crashing stolen Corvette in police chase

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:50:55 GMT
    Two men are sent to the hospital after crashing their corvette in Hamtramck. In addition to their injuries, they may be facing serious charges including grand theft auto.
    Two men are sent to the hospital after crashing their corvette in Hamtramck. In addition to their injuries, they may be facing serious charges including grand theft auto.
  • Severe thunderstorms move into metro Detroit

    Severe thunderstorms move into metro Detroit

    Monday, September 1 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:38:09 GMT
    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for St. Clair and Macomb counties until 7:21 p.m.
    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for St. Clair and Macomb counties until 7:21 p.m.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices