LUDINGTON, Mich. (WOOD) - In their effort to get away, authorities say two suspects stole a car they had test-driven a few hours before a Michigan State Police trooper was shot during a traffic stop and killed.
Trooper Paul Butterfield, 43, was shot in the head during a traffic stop northeast of Ludington in Mason County Monday evening. The suspects fled the scene and Butterfield was found by a passerby. He was airlifted to the hospital, where he died during emergency surgery.
Family member say suspects Eric and Sarah Knysz should have been driving a pickup truck belonging to Eric's father at that point.
The two allegedly ditched the truck. They stopped at a house they had been to earlier Monday to test-drive a white sedan.
When they showed up, the car owner said, Eric said he wanted to take a look at something. He drove off unexpectedly.
Initially, the car's owner thought nothing of it. Then, he heard about what happened to Butterfield. He called police, which got officers on the trail of their suspects.
"My girlfriend and kids are in the house. And something that serious being right here at my front door, 50 feet from me... it's just crazy," the owner of the car said.
Officers from several agencies caught up with the suspects at the Dublin General Store gas station around 8:30 p.m. Monday.
Eric Knysz was shot and remains hospitalized, his father told 24 Hour News 8. His wife Sarah, who is six months pregnant, was arrested and is being held in jail.
Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola -- who knew Butterfield and called him a great trooper -- said Tuesday he was waiting for final paperwork from police to determine what charges will be filed against Eric and Sarah Knysz.
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