ROCKFORD, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan state trooper played a key role in leading police to the person they believe fatally shot him during a traffic stop.
State police Lt. Chris McIntire said Tuesday Trooper Paul Butterfield provided location and vehicle information to a dispatcher before he was shot Monday evening in Mason County.
Three minutes later a motorist called 911 saying a trooper had been shot in the head. The 43-year-old Butterfield died during surgery.
Sherman Township is 80 miles north of Grand Rapids.
Police located two suspects at a store around 8:30 p.m. Police and the suspects exchanged gunfire and one suspect was shot.
The man and woman were taken into custody.
Gov. Rick Snyder says Butterfield's death is a "grim reminder" of the dangers involved in protecting the public.