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Trooper shot in the head during traffic stop
MASON COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Tuesday Michigan is mourning the loss of Trooper Paul Butterfield.
The 14-year veteran of the force was shot and killed conducting a traffic stop Monday night in Mason County.
"I think, not just police officers, but the community in general, probably should be upset. And we are. I ask everybody to keep our trooper's family and all of his friends in their prayers," said one MSP trooper.
Trooper Butterfield has been a member of the Michigan State Police since 1999.
He died overnight after being shot during a traffic stop.
This all started a little before 6:30 Monday night when Trooper Butterfield tried to pull a car over in Mason County.
State police tell us there was some type of shootout and a passer-by found him with a gunshot wound to the head.
Butterfield was airlifted to the hospital where he passed away during emergency surgery overnight.
Two hours after the initial incident state police tell us they found the car the suspects were believed to be driving and that's when another shootout happened between police and the same suspects.
A man and a woman were both taken into custody. Police say a third suspect was shot but is expected to be okay.
"We later found them at the Dublin store just north of here. There was another gunfight that ensued at that point and the suspect was taken into custody after being shot," said Lt. Chris McIntire of the MSP.
After learning about Trooper Paul Butterfields death Governor Rick Snyder issued this statement: "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.
A tragic event like this shakes us all, but it also bolsters our resolve to make our streets and our neighborhoods safer.
We thank Trooper Butterfield for his bravery, his service and his sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, friends, and colleagues."
You might remember this is the second state trooper to be killed in recent weeks. Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Officer Dennis Myers died from serious head injuries a week after a car crash in Van Buren County.
The highly decorated officer was working out of the MSP Paw Paw Post.
He was off duty at the time of the crash.