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Trooper Paul Kenyon Butterfield, II | Michigan State Police, Michigan Michigan State Police, Michigan

Trooper

Paul Kenyon Butterfield, II

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch: Monday, September 9, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 1190

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 9/9/2013

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Suspect: Convicted of murder, sentenced to life w

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Trooper Paul Butterfield was shot and killed while making a traffic stop on Custer Road, near Townline Road, in Mason County, at approximately 6:20 pm.

A few minutes after radioing in the stop, a citizen called 911 to report a trooper had been shot. Responding units located Trooper Butterfield on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. He was flown to Munson Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds while in surgery.

Using a vehicle description provided by Trooper Butterfield as he stopped the vehicle, investigators were able to identify a suspect and located him, along with a female accomplice, at a convenience store in a neighboring county approximately two hours later. Officers exchanged gunfire with him as they made contact, wounding the male subject before taking them both into custody.

The subject who shot Trooper Butterfield was convicted of first degree murder in February 2014 and faces a sentence of life without parole. After sentencing he was transferred to the Michigan Department of Corrections where he attempted suicide by hanging himself with his bed sheets. He was found unresponsive in his cell and transferred to a local hospital where he was declared brain dead and died three days later. The female accomplice was convicted of accessory after the fact and sentenced to two to five years.

Trooper Butterfield was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Michigan State Police for 14 years. He is survived by his fiancee and his father.

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I met Jennifer at the Memorial on Monday Paul. I am humbled by the strength your Jennifer shows on the outside but I could feel her pain as I hugged her at our meeting by your name. I was hoping for some profound, comforting words to come that would give her peace but there were none. My greatest hope is that Jennifer realizes she is not alone in this journey and that the law enforcement family is now her family. Paul..You were a good man and I could tell by my short visit with Jennifer that your were (are) a loved man!! Rest in Peace Brother!! We will never forget.

Salute Trooper.

Brother of Michael A Scarbrough
EOW 2/9/05

Brian L Scarbrough
Brother
May 14, 2014

 

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