A state trooper shot in the head and killed this week at a routine traffic stop in Michigan has left the public enraged, ABC reports this Tuesday, Sept. 10. Yet the state trooper and U.S. veteran was able to successfully provide both specific location and vehicle information of the shooter in a call to a legal dispatcher prior to the fatal shooting on Monday night.
The state trooper that was shot was Trooper Paul Butterfield, who was attempting to stop a vehicle in Mason County.
"What he did was perfect," a police official reported during a news conference this morning. "You can't prepare for something like this. He did the right thing."
According to the press release, Butterfield called to stop a vehicle sometime near 6:20 p.m. in Sherman Township, Michigan — less than three minutes later, a person driving by called 911 with an emergency call that a state trooper had been shot in the head. Butterfield, 43, was confirmed dead on the emergency room table at nearby Munson hospital.
The vehicle in question was found later on Monday night due to the description Butterfield had managed to call in. Police cornered two suspects roughly 15 miles away from the site of the shooting. The suspects didn’t come quietly; they instead opened fire on the suspects, and one of them was shot by officers.
A man and woman have since been taken into custody, though on charges have been filed yet.
"We have a lot to do yet. We are trying to piece the investigation together," concluded the police official. "We want to do it right."
State trooper Butterfield began his time as a trooper back in 1999, and served as a veteran of the U.S. army. The MI governor offered a recent statement on the state trooper shot story, asking the public to pay their respects to the fallen hero.
"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," Gov. Rick Snyder said, ordering all U.S. flags at state buildings be lowered to half-staff from Tuesday through Butterfield's funeral. "They are heroes."