IRONS, Mich. (WOOD) - The uncle of one of the suspects in the shooting death of Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield took out a personal protection order against his nephew in early 2013.
Butterfield was shot in the head Monday evening during a traffic stop northeast of Ludington in Mason County. He died a few hours later at a hospital. Eric Knysz and his wife Sarah have been arrested in connection to the incident, family members confirmed to 24 Hour News 8.
Matthew Knysz, uncle of Eric Knysz, said Eric lived with him for a few months in early 2013. During that time, Knysz said, Eric wasn't usually violent.
But according to court documents obtained by 24 Hour News 8, Knysz alleged Eric attacked him and "assaulted me and has threatened to do more bodily harm in the future."
The court document went on to say "He has access to several guns and I am afraid for my life."
That personal protection order was taken out against Eric Knysz by his uncle in March of 2013.
"He has had some brushes with the law, but he was turning his life around and I just don't understand really what happened," Matthew told 24 Hour News 8 Tuesday.
Matthew said he couldn't believe it when he found out it was his nephew Eric that was involved in Butterfield's death.
"I know Eric had an anger management problem, but not to this point," he said.
As for the incident that led up to the personal protection order, Matthew said it was a one-time thing.
"It was one incident. It was not like a normal thing that happened. I don't really foresee him being a violent person all the time. He has his problems," he said.
Still, Matthew said, he is shocked.
"For someone from family to do something like that is unbelievable," he said.
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