Sad news out of Michigan on Sept. 10, 2013, as many are mourning the loss of a good man. A state trooper was fatally shot during a traffic stop in Western Michigan, and according to the Associated Press, the police may have already found the person that possibly shot him.
Michigan state police Lt. Chris McIntire revealed that Trooper Paul Butterfield provided a dispatcher with vehicle information and his location before being shot on Monday evening in Mason County. This proper protocol by Butterfield is what led police to the suspect.
"What he did was perfect," McIntire said during a news conference at the state police's Rockford post. "You can't prepare for something like this. He did the right thing."
At 6:20 p.m. on Monday night in Sherman Township, Butterfield stopped a vehicle for a routine traffic stop.
Three minutes later, a driver called into 911 to report that a state trooper had been shot. The 43-year-old Butterfield died during emergency surgery at Munson hospital.
A bit later, a vehicle matching the description given by Butterfield was found and police located two suspects about 15 miles away at a gas station. Gunfire was exchanged with the suspects and one of them was shot. A man and a woman were eventually taken into custody. The man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
As of this time, no charges have been filed but an investigation is ongoing.
"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 Gov. Rick Snyder, who ordered U.S. flags at state buildings be lowered to half-staff from Tuesday through Butterfield's funeral. "They are heroes."