A Michigan state trooper was shot and killed Monday night after making a routine traffic stop, reports The Associated Press on Sept. 10 via ABC News. The slaying of the trooper led to a shootout with police two hours later at a gas station. Both suspects are now in custody.
Michigan State Trooper Paul Butterfield, a 14-year veteran officer, was found shot in the head at 6:20 p.m. Monday night in Sherman Township in Mason County, located in western Michigan. After pulling a vehicle over with two individuals inside, Butterfield was shot and killed with a single round. A motorist passing by called in the shooting to 911.
State police Lt. Chris McIntire said Trooper Butterfield provided location and vehicle information, as he was trained to do, before he confronted the individuals in the vehicle.
“What he did was perfect,” McIntire said during a news conference. “You can't prepare for something like this. He did the right thing.”
The information received by the witness, combined with the location data radioed in from Butterfield, pinpointed the suspects. The two suspects, who were not identified, were tracked down approximately two hours later at a Manistee County gas station.
Police engaged the pair, a man and a woman, and a shootout ensued. The man was shot and taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The woman was arrested at the scene.
Butterfield, a veteran of the U.S. Army, became a trooper in 1999. According to the AP report, he was the son of a retired police officer and a well-respected veteran of the police force.
“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,” said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. “They are heroes.”