Arraignments in Michigan State Trooper Killing

20-year-old, Sarah Renee Knysz, was arraigned yesterday in relation to the murder of Michigan State Police Trooper, Paul Butterfield. Knysz was charged with two counts of a felony. Count 1 as an accessory after the fact, and the second unlawful driving away of a vehicle. Each count carries a 5 year prison sentence. Sarah is currently being lodged at the Mason County Jail with a $250,000 bond. A preliminary trial is scheduled for September 25th. Her husband, 19-year-old, Eric John Knysz, is expected to be arraigned today, when he returns from the hospital in Traverse City. He is currently recovering from a gunshot wound to the knee. Eric will be charged with homicide of a police officer, felony firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful driving away of a vehicle and finally habitual offender, second felony offense.

For those who would like to pay their respects, Trooper Butterfield's funeral will be this Saturday at 1pm at Manistee High School. Visitation will begin at 10am. 

Death of a Local Michigan State Police Trooper

Update (11:15am): Police say they are investigating two different crimes scenes, one where the shooting took place and the other where the two suspects were arrested. No information on when the suspects names will be released.

Many area residents are mourning the loss of a Michigan State Police officer, whom is dead after being shot in Free Soil. Paul Butterfield of Manistee was conducting a traffic stop on North Custer Rd last night around 6:20 pm before being shot in the head, reports MCP.  A passerby found Butterfield a few minutes later and called 911. The trooper was airlifted by Aeromed helicopter to Munson Hospital in Traverse City, where he passed away during emergency surgery.  A male and female suspect were located in Manistee County at a convenience store, a couple hours later. Gunfire ensued and one suspect was shot. Both are currently in custody and they face charges in Mason and Manistee counties. Michigan State Police are investigating the situation and were assisted by the Sheriff's Departments from Manistee, Mason, Lakes and Oceana Counties. Ludington Police along with DNR and Fountain Fire also were on scene. Butterfield was assigned to the Hart Post and working for the MSP for the past 14 years.

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