(WXYZ) - A Michigan State Police trooper was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Mason County near Ludington on Monday.
Michigan State Police Lt. Mike Shaw says Tpr. Paul Butterfield was shot in the head by one of the suspects in the vehicle. A passerby found the trooper on the ground a couple of minutes later.
Butterfield was airlifted to Munson Hospital where he passed away during emergency surgery.
“Tonight we lost a hero,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue , director of the MSP in a statement . “The entire MSP family, as well as our greater law enforcement family, mourns alongside the Butterfields . Trooper Butterfield’s sacrifice will never be forgotten; may he rest in peace.”
Police tracked down two suspects in connection with the shooting at a nearby convenience store. Michigan State Police say officers exchanged gunfire with the suspects, shooting one man. The two suspects, a man and a woman, were taken into custody.
The injured suspect was transported to a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound, according to police.
Trooper Butterfield joined the Michigan State Police in 1999. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Governor Rick Snyder released the following statement early Tuesday morning:
“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.
“Our hearts break when a Michigan State Police trooper, or any of our other police officers or firefighters, is killed in the line of duty. Their loss is unquestionably felt by their families as well as the communities they serve and our entire state. We realize the extraordinary difficulty of their jobs and the sacrifices they make for us.
“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.”
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