MSP Trooper Paul Butterfield
MASON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - The 79th District Court in Ludington has released further information on what happened the night that Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield was killed.
Butterfield was killed on September 9th about 6:20pm after pulling over a driver on Custer Road, north of Townline in Sherman Township of Mason County. The driver of the vehicle, Eric Knysz, allegedly fired a pistol at Butterfield, shooting him in the head, killing him.
Knysz is charged with four counts, including Murder of a Peace Officer and weapons offenses. Sarah Knysz, Eric's wife, was also in the vehicle, and is charged with being an accessory to the murder.
In the Probable Cause transcript that was released Tuesday, Magistrate Patricia Baker interviews Detective Dave Johnson of the Michigan State Police. (That document is attached in full alongside this story.)
In the interview, Detective Johnson describes that after the shooting, Eric and Sarah Knysz, along with Eric's mother, Tammi Spofford, drove the vehicle to Hansen Road. In the 500 block of east Hansen, Eric and Sarah Knysz stole another vehicle and drove it to Manistee County, where it was found later at The Dublin Store.
Eric and Sarah Knysz were scheduled for a preliminary hearing tomorrow, Wednesday Sept. 25th in Mason County, but that hearing has been postponed.