Gov. Snyder: Trooper's Death is 'Grim Reminder'

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By: ap
Gov. Rick Snyder says the death of a Michigan state trooper is a "grim reminder" of the dangers involved with protecting the public.

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder says the death of a Michigan state trooper is a "grim reminder" of the dangers involved with protecting the public.

The governor released a statement early Tuesday, hours after Trooper Paul Butterfield was fatally shot during a traffic stop in western Michigan.

In the statement, Snyder says Michigan residents "realize the extraordinary difficulty of" officer's jobs "and the sacrifices they make for us."

Butterfield stopped a vehicle at 6:20 p.m. Monday, and three minutes later a motorist called 911 to report the officer had been shot in the head. Butterfield died during emergency surgery.

A man and a woman were taken into custody.

Snyder says "a tragic event like this shakes us all, but it also bolsters our resolve to make our streets and our neighborhoods safer."


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