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Charges could be approved for others in Tpr. Butterfield death
LUDINGTON, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Multiple sources have confirmed to Newschannel 3 that once all the evidence against Eric Knysz has been collected, investigators will be looking at others that may have played a more indirect role in Trooper Paul Butterfield's death.
For starters, Eric Knysz is a known felon with a suspended license, and on Monday night, State Police say he had a gun and a truck, neither of which belonged to him.
When Newschannel 3 first spoke with Eric Knysz's father, John Knysz, we got some conflicting information.
John told us that Eric was in trouble as a kid, when he was 12 or 13.
Lake County Court documents show that Eric was actually 14 when he was charged as an adult for first degree home invasion involving at least one gun.
John also added that Eric had no criminal record as an adult.
Records indicate that John himself knows that to be wrong. In July 2012, Eric pleaded guilty to a drunk driving charge.
The police report shows Eric was more than twice the legal limit when he crashed his father's 1988 Chevrolet pickup truck--the same one Trooper Butterfield pulled over Monday night.
In February of 2013, Eric crashed his father's truck again, and was hit with a felony concealed weapons charge when officers found a switchblade in the truck.
Since Eric was charged as an adult in the 2008 home invasion, he was not allowed to have a firearm at all.
Friday afternoon, his father admitted he was aware of that, and on Tuesday, he admitted something else.
Sources confirmed to Newschannel 3 that a revolver was found in the truck Eric was driving when he was pulled over on Monday night.
Off camera, John admitted he is missing a gun that sources tell Newschannel 3 matches the murder weapon.
Friday afternoon, John also admitted he was aware that Eric was charged with assault for attacking his uncle in March, and a personal protection order was issued in which Eric's uncle wrote, "I feel threatened," and "the individual has access to his father's guns."
Prosecutors say in order for John Knysz to be charged, detectives would need to prove he gave a gun to his son, and that gun was used to kill Trooper Butterfield.
When Newschannel 3 spoke to John Friday, he said, "if Eric did take my gun, I didn't know anything about it."