Authorities say a Michigan State Trooper has died after being shot during a traffic stop in western Michigan, and two people are in custody. Michigan State Police issued a news release late Monday saying Trooper Paul Butterfield had died during emergency surgery at Munson Hospital. Butterfield had stopped a vehicle at 6:20 p.m., and three minutes later, a motorist called 911 to report the officer had been shot in the head. The release says a vehicle was located based on information Butterfield had called in and that police located two suspects at a gas station in Wellston about 8:30 p.m. Police exchanged gunfire, and one suspect was shot. A male and female were taken into custody, and the injured suspect was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Governor Rick Snyder ordered all flags at state buildings within the state Capitol Complex to be lowered to half staff in memory of Trooper Butterfield on Tuesday. Residents, local governments, and businesses throughout Michigan are encouraged to do the same.