A state trooper was shot and killed in Michigan during a traffic stop. On Sept. 10, CBS News reported that two people are in custody after Paul Butterfield was shot in the head. According to the report, officer Butterfield was making a routine stop around 6:20 p.m. Shortly after, someone called 911 to report that he had been shot. He later died at the hospital during emergency surgery.
Police were able to locate the car that they believe Butterfield had pulled over. He called in the vehicle's information before he got out of his cruiser which was crucial in helping authorities find out who was behind this crime.
The state trooper was shot for unknown reasons. It is unclear if there was any exchange between officer Butterfield and the people inside of the car before they opened fire. The suspects have not been identified and their ages, sexes, and names were not immediately known. Charges are expected to follow as early as tomorrow.
"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," Michigan gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement (via CBS News).
The state trooper shot was a veteran. He joined the police force in 1999.
© Effie Orfanides 2013