The state trooper shot in the head after having pulled over a car helped capture the two suspects in his own killing; a man and a woman, who are facing charges for the shooting of the state trooper. In regard to the fatal shooting of Michigan State Trooper Paul Butterfield, both suspects “will likely face charges in Manistee and Mason counties because there are technically two crime scenes: The scene of Butterfield’s shooting and the scene where the male suspect had been shot,” reported Michigan News on Sept. 20, 2013.
Michigan State Trooper Paul Butterfield, who was fatally shot in the head, was the son of a retired police officer, a veteran of the U.S. Army, and a state trooper since 1999.
Around 6:20 p.m. on Monday, the 43-year-old state trooper pulled over a vehicle on Custer Road near Townline Road in Mason County, about 80 miles north of Grand Rapids. Just three minutes later, another motorist called 911 reporting that a state trooper had been shot in the head.
State trooper Paul Butterfield was still conscious at the scene after the shooting and was rushed to Munson hospital but died during an emergency surgery.
Before being shot, however, state trooper Paul Butterfield had called in crucial information to a dispatcher about the vehicle that he had stopped.
“Based on information Butterfield relayed to dispatch about the vehicle he stopped, a suspect was developed. Through a series of incidents in the area, law enforcement located the suspects at a gas station/convenience store in Wellston in Manistee County at approximately 8:25 p.m., according to police.”
Following the information provided by the shot state trooper, police were able to locate the two suspects just 15 miles away from the scene of the shooting.
During a gunfire exchange with police, the male suspect was shot when law enforcement officials approached him near the Dublin party store. The male suspect allegedly pointed a gun at a Michigan State Police trooper at which point the suspect was shot. He is hospitalized.
The female suspect who was with the male suspect is expected to face criminal charges as well. On Monday, investigators spent most of the night questioning both of the individuals about the shooting of the state trooper.
In regard to the shot state trooper, Michigan State Police Lt. Chris McIntire said that “what he did was perfect. You can't prepare for something like this. He did the right thing."