Authorities said on Tuesday that the state trooper who was fatally shot in western Michigan during a traffic stop had himself lead the police to the killer.
During a news conference on Tuesday, Lt. Chris McIntire of state police said that Paul Butterfield, 43, had sent the location and vehicle information before he was shot to a dispatcher on Monday evening. McIntire praised that trooper that though one can’t prepare for something like this, what he did was perfect.
At 6.20 p.m., Butterfield had stopped a vehicle in Sherman Township, which is 80 miles north of Grand Rapids. Three minutes later 911 received a call from a motorist reporting that a trooper was shot in the head. During emergency surgery at Munson hospital, Butterfield died.
Based on the information Butterfield had called in, a vehicle was found later by police around 8:30 p.m. just miles away near a gas station in Wellston.
Police had located two suspects and had gunfire exchange with the suspects in which one was shot. Reportedly a man and woman were taken into custody though no one was charged yet. The man had to be hospitalized with injuries.
Rick Snyder, Michigan Gov. ordered that the U.S. flags at state buildings be lowered to half-mast from Tuesday through Butterfield’s funeral.