Man arraigned in shooting death of state trooper

A 19-year-old Northern Michigan man has been arraigned on a homicide charge in the slaying of a state police trooper shot to death during a traffic stop.
AP Wire
Sep 14, 2013

Eric Knysz was arraigned Friday from the Mason County Jail. He also is charged with using a gun during a felony, car theft and being a habitual offender.

Trooper Paul Butterfield was shot in the head Monday in Sherman Township, about 80 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Knysz, of Lake County, was shot by another trooper during his arrest. He was appointed a public defender and ordered held without bond.

Sarah Knysz, 20, is charged with helping her husband try to escape. Both face Sept. 25 preliminary hearings.

Butterfield's funeral is today at Manistee High School.

Comments

rukidding

Take Eric out back and shoot him; enough already! Oh right, everybody is innocent until proven guilty. Have a trial this afternoon after Trooper Butterfield's funeral, this should take all of about 15 minutes, then take him out back...

Sarah can go to prison for the rest of her life too...

Wingmaster

Flush! Until we get tougher on this type of heinous crime it will continue to play out in the messed up society we find ourselves in these days.

meisterblue

My thoughts and prayers go out to Trooper Butterfield's family and friends today. Thanks to all the law enforcement officers that put their lives on the line every day! Here we go again, this killer, girlfriend and his family are already playing the blame game, "domestic violence". It all goes back to how he was brought up. Nobody take responsibility anymore, it's always someone else's fault!! Keep Trooper Butterfield in your thoughts today.......

GHJames

It's not always in the upbringing. Some people are just plain evil.

g.vandersteldt

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Wingmaster

Australia: Readers of the USA Today newspaper discovered in 2002 that, "Since Australia's 1996 laws banning most guns and making it a crime to use a gun defensively, armed robberies rose by 51%, unarmed robberies by 37%, assaults by 24% and kidnappings by 43%. While murders fell by 3%, manslaughter rose by 16%

Canada: After enacting stringent gun control laws in 1991 and 1995, Canada has not made its citizens any safer. "The contrast between the criminal violence rates in the United States and in Canada is dramatic," says Canadian criminologist Gary Mauser in 2003. "Over the past decade, the rate of violent crime in Canada has increased while in the United States the violent crime rate has plummeted.

England: According to the BBC News, handgun crime in the United Kingdom rose by 40% in the two years after it passed its draconian gun ban in 1997.

Fact: British citizens are now more likely to become a victim of crime than are people in the United States.

Fact: Many nations with stricter gun control laws have violence rates that are equal to, or greater than, that of the United States.

I could go on but I won't. http://gunowners.org/sk0703.htm

Your right, we need to put an end to this madness and stop trying to disarm law abiding citizens every time a tragedy occurs.

Did you notice the punk was a habitual offender? He is 19 fricken years old. Some adult figure should have kick his sorry butt a few times and straighten him out before he became a ward of the state and a drag on tax payers for the next 60-70 years.

You want to stop the madness, start by holding parents accountable for the little monsters they are unleashing on society.

GHJames

While you're at it lets get rid of all the cars to stop traffic deaths, all the personal property to end robbery, or all forms of marriage to stop domestic violence. Getting rid of all firearms to stop evil people from commiting evil acts makes just as little sense. What we need is more people like Trooper Butterfield who are willing to stand between that evil and the rest of society. Rest in peace Trooper Butterfield, you have my eternal thanks.

ride2tires

Thanks for your opinion g.v. Will your opinion defend you or a love one when needed???

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