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Paul Butterfield, Mich. state trooper, shot and killed during traffic stop, report says

Paul Butterfield, Mich. state trooper, killed in the line of duty after being shot in the head CBS Detroit

Paul Butterfield, Mich. state trooper, killed in the line of duty after being shot in the head
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(CBS/AP) HART, Mich. - Two are in custody after a Michigan state trooper was fatally shot during a traffic stop Monday night, reports CBS affiliate WWMT.

Trooper Paul Butterfield of the Hart post was shot in Mason County on Monday night. Butterfield stopped a vehicle at 6:20 p.m. in Sherman Township and a few minutes later a motorist called 911 to report that a trooper had been shot in the head.

Michigan State Police said in a news release Butterfield died during emergency surgery at Munson Medical Center.

Police later found a vehicle based on information Butterfield had called in before he was shot, and police located two suspects at a gas station in Wellston around 8:30 p.m.

According to WWMT, police exchanged gunfire and one suspect was shot in the leg. A man and woman were taken into custody.

Sherman Township is about 80 miles north of Grand Rapids.

"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," Michigan gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement. "They are heroes."

Butterfield, who became a trooper in 1999, was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

  • Iris Carreras

    Iris Carreras covers crime for CBSNews.com

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