Michigan State Police Trooper Dies after Shooting
A Michigan State Police trooper and veteran of the U.S. Army is dead after being fatally shot during a routine traffic stop in western Michigan Monday evening.
MSP Trooper Paul Butterfield died during emergency surgery at the hospital following the shooting on Custer Road in Mason County. Two suspects, a man and a woman, are in custody after authorities tracked their vehicle.
The suspects exchanged gunfire with police before the arrest; the male suspect was shot and is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Governor Snyder issued this statement this morning on behalf of Trooper Butterfield:
"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. They are heroes.
"Our hearts break when a Michigan State Police trooper, or any of our other police officers or firefighters, is killed in the line of duty. Their loss is unquestionably felt by their families as well as the communities they serve and our entire state. We realize the extraordinary difficulty of their jobs and the sacrifices they make for us.
"A tragic event like this shakes us all, but it also bolsters our resolve to make our streets and our neighborhoods safer.
"We thank Trooper Butterfield for his bravery, his service and his sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, friends, and colleagues."