Trooper Paul Kenyon Butterfield, II

Trooper Paul Kenyon Butterfield, II

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, September 9, 2013

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Paul Kenyon Butterfield, II

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, father, and stepmother.

Bio

  • Age 43
  • Tour 14 years
  • Badge 1190
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Committed suicide

traffic stop

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Posted on News 9 and 10. September 9, 2019

Trooper Butterfield Remembered Six Years After Being Killed in the Line of Duty

A Michigan State Police trooper is being remembered today, six years after he gave his life on the job in Northern Michigan.

Trooper Paul Butterfield was making a traffic stop on Custer Road near Townline Road in Mason County on September 9, 2013 when he was shot and killed.

The person suspected of shooting him was convicted of first-degree murder, and later died while serving life in prison.

A new sign now honors Trooper Butterfield at his roadside memorial in Mason County.

A memorial service will be held at that site Monday night at 6:30.

It’s the same spot where Butterfield was killed.

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September 9, 2019

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