Michigan trooper fatally shot during traffic stop

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Associated Press

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 10:33 AM

ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan state trooper played a key role in leading police to the person they believe fatally shot him during a traffic stop.

State police Lt. Chris McIntire said Tuesday Trooper Paul Butterfield provided location and vehicle information to a dispatcher before he was shot Monday evening in Mason County.

Three minutes later a motorist called 911 saying a trooper had been shot in the head. The 43-year-old Butterfield died during surgery.

Sherman Township is 80 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Police located two suspects at a store around 8:30 p.m. Police and the suspects exchanged gunfire and one suspect was shot.

The man and woman were taken into custody.

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

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