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State Police trooper dies after shooting

WZZM-TV • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:08 PM

MSP Trooper Paul Butterfield was shot during a traffic stop shortly after 6 p.m. near Townline Road and Custer. Witnesses said the gunman, along with another person inside the Chevy truck, then took off from the scene.

According to Lt. Chris McIntire from the Michigan State Police, a driver traveling in the area called for help about four minutes after the shooting happened.

Butterfield, who worked out of the Hart MSP Post, died during emergency surgery at Munson Hospital in Traverse City.

"Tonight we lost a hero," said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP, in a news release. "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."

Around 8:40 p.m., the suspects were tracked to a store near Wellston, in Manistee County, northeast of Ludington. Lt. McIntire said officers exchanged gunfire and wounded the suspect. His injuries are not life threatening.  Two suspects have been taken into custody, a man and a woman.

Trooper Butterfield joined the Michigan State Police in 1999, and had served at the Hart and Manistee posts. He was also a U.S. Army veteran. 

Gov. Rick Snyder issued a statement this morning on the death 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."

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