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Tpr. Paul Butterfield

Michigan State Police Patch
Resided: MI, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Sep. 09, 2013
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 43 yrs. of age
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Dept: Michigan State Police
333 S Grand Ave.  
Lansing, MI   48933   USA
(517)332-2521
County: Ingham
Dept. Type: State/Police
Hero's Rank: Trooper
Sworn Date: 1999
FBI Class: Traffic - Vehicle Stop
Weapon Class: Handgun
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 14 years
Duties: assigned to the Hart Post (No. 62), Oceana County

Bio: Trooper Butterfield grew up in Bridgeport Township, MI and graduated Bridgeport High School, class of 1988. He was a wrestler and cross-country runner in highschool and, by all accounts, excelled.

In 1988, Butterfield’s graduating year, he was awarded the Herb Korf Scholarship, an award presented annually to a Saginaw County track athlete. He was the dominant long-distance runner in the county in the 1,600 and 3,200-meter events in 1987 and 1988. He also was the White Pine Conference champion in two races for three years running during his high school years, and won Class A state cross-country championship. Butterfield graduated with a 3.47 grade point average.

He attended the University of Tennessee-Knoxville from 1988-1993 and ran track and cross country. He was an U.S. Army and Michigan National Guard veteran.

Paul always talked about becoming a police officer, like his dad, who retired as a Michigan State Trooper, assigned to Bridgeport area.

Butterfield joined the Michigan State Police in 1999, after graduating with the 118th Trooper Recruit School. He served first in the Manistee post and then the Hart post.

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: Eric Knysz. / Male
  
Location: Townline Rd. MI   USA   Mon. Sep. 09, 2013
Summary: Trooper Paul Butterfield was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Custer Road, near Townline Road, in Mason County, at approximately 6:20 pm.

A few minutes after radioing in the stop, a citizen called 911 to report a trooper had been shot. Responding units located Trooper Butterfield on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was flown to Munson Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds while in surgery.

Disposition: Using info Trooper Butterfield had provided the dispatcher about the vehicle he had stopped, Michigan State Troopers were able to locate the suspect around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in Manistee County. As troopers approached the suspect, he brandished a handgun and pointed it at one of the troopers. One of the troopers then shot the suspect, who did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.

The suspect and his wife were taken into custody.

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