Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
On Monday, Michigan learned the tragic news that Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield passed away after being shot while conducting a traffic stop on Custer Road near Townline Road in Mason County. The State Police issued the following report:
At 6:20 p.m., Butterfield stopped a vehicle on Custer Road near Townline Road in Mason County. At 6:23 p.m., a passing motorist called 9-1-1 to report finding Butterfield on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head. Butterfield was airlifted to Munson Hospital, where he passed away during emergency surgery.
“Tonight we lost a hero,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “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.”
Trooper Butterfield joined the MSP in 1999, graduating as a member of the 118th Trooper Recruit School. He has served at the Manistee and Hart posts. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Governor Rick Snyder extended his condolences regarding the loss of Trooper Butterfield:
“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.”