A state trooper shot and killed in the line of duty managed to lead police to his suspected killers before his death. ABC News reports Sept. 10 that the state trooper shot in Michigan helped fellow police officers detain suspects believed to have killed him.
Trooper Paul Butterfield stopped a vehicle at 6:20 p.m. Monday night in Sherman Township then called in the location and vehicle information to a dispatcher before he was shot.
"What he did was perfect," Lt. Chris McIntire of the state police said in a news conference. "You can't prepare for something like this. He did the right thing."
When the state trooper was shot, another motorist called 911 to report the incident. Butterfield, 43, was shot in the head and died during surgery at Munson Hospital.
Authorities later tracked down the vehicle Buttefield called in before he was shot. Police encountered two suspects about 15 miles away at a gas station in Wellston about 8:30 p.m. Gunfire was exchanged between the police and suspects. One of the suspects was shot, but he suffered non-life threatening injuries. The report said a man and a woman were taken into custody, but no one has been charged in the state trooper shooting.
"We have a lot to do yet. We are trying to piece the investigation together," McIntire said. "We want to do it right."
Butterfield became a trooper in 1999 and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.