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


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

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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. 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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The killer hung himself in prison today, bringing the justice that we as citizens of the State of Michigan owed to you and your family upon himself. It's shameful that we lack the collective resolve to have hung him on the courthouse steps following his verdict, like he deserved, but this is the best that could come out of this tragedy.

You fought a good fight, and all of your brothers in blue couldn't be more proud of you.

My deepest prayers & condolences go to your family, friends, and co-workers. May God bring your family peace, and happiness.

Retired PO-Michigan
April 16, 2014


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