State Police trooper dies after shooting

A Michigan State Police Trooper was killed Monday night after being shot at a traffic stop in Mason County.
Sep 10, 2013


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."



This kind of senseless killing makes me about want to puke. The State Police are the best kind of cops to be pulled over by. They are professionals. I have never in my life have had a negative experience with a State Trooper. And 9 times out of 10 they let you off with a warning. They are courteous and if you have a ticket coming to you then you can bet you did something big time wrong. A few years ago a State Trooper pulled me over in Comstock Park(GR)and all he wanted to tell me was that I had a crack in the bottom of my windshield that I was aware of and told him that it was like that since the day I bought it. Just told me I should get it fixed before it got worse. Never even wrote me a ticket for it. I told him I was lost and was trying to find the exit to get me back home. He said follow me and watch my signal for the exit I needed. Something he really didn't need to do. But I thought; how helpful is that? What a cool State Trooper. I have a high regard and respect for our State Police. I'd rather be pulled over by them than any other Police agency because our State Police are top notch Professionals. And this incident being a routine traffic stop just sickens me that whoever this person is had to strike out in violence and kill this trooper. And for the love of God; why?? My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and colleagues and may they find comfort in each and every beautiful memory of him in their time of great loss.


Nicely stated. So sad... these folks protect us! Prayers to the family!!!


Well put. Senseless and just awful for friends and family. Just heartbreaking when those that serve and protect us are taken away but selfish human trash like this.

Sincere thoughts and prayers to family and friends.


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