LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - Gov. Rick Snyder has issued a statement on the death of a Michigan State Police trooper who was shot in Mason County Monday.
Trooper Paul Butterfield died Monday night during emergency surgery at the hospital, MSP confirmed shortly before midnight. He was shot in the head Monday evening after performing a traffic stop in Mason County. Two suspects have been arrested.
Gov. Snyder released this statement just before 1 a.m. Tuesday:
“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. They are heroes.
“Our hearts break when a Michigan State Police trooper, or any of our other police officers or firefighters, is killed in the line of duty. Their loss is unquestionably felt by their families as well as the communities they serve and our entire state. We realize the extraordinary difficulty of their jobs and the sacrifices they make for us.
“A tragic event like this shakes us all, but it also bolsters our resolve to make our streets and our neighborhoods safer.
“We thank Trooper Butterfield for his bravery, his service and his sacrifice. Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family, friends, and colleagues.”
Butterfield worked at a Hart Post detachment and had been with MSP for 14 years since 1999. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
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