Michigan trooper fatally shot during traffic stop

September 10, 2013 5:00:19 AM PDT
Authorities say a state trooper was fatally shot during a traffic stop in western Michigan.

Trooper Paul Butterfield stopped a vehicle in Mason County's Sherman Township at 6:20 p.m. Monday. Three minutes later a motorist called 911 saying a trooper had been shot in the head. Butterfield died during emergency surgery.

Sherman Township is 80 miles north of Grand Rapids.

A vehicle later was found based on information Butterfield had called in. Police located two suspects at a gas station around 8:30 p.m. Police and the suspects exchanged gunfire and one suspect was shot.

A man and woman were taken into custody. The man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Gov. Rick Snyder says Butterfield's death is a "grim reminder" of the dangers involved in protecting the public.

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