OWOSSO NATIVE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER OF MICHIGAN STATE TROOPER
Eric Knysz, 19, and his wife Sarah, 21, are in jail, facing
charges in connection with the murder of a Michigan State
Police trooper. Trooper Paul Butterfield pulled their vehicle
over in West Michigan's Sherman Township yesterday at
6:20pm. Three minutes later a motorist called 911 to report
an officer had been shot in the head.
Before he was shot, Trooper Butterfield relayed location and
vehicle information to a dispatcher. The information he pro-
vided is what helped lead officers to the whereabouts of the
couple, who were located two hours later about 15 miles
away, at a gas station.
A shootout ensued and the male suspect, Eric Knysz, was
hit. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening
injuries while his wife, Sarah, was arrested and taken into
Sarah, who is pregnant, is from Owosso.
It is unclear exactly what role she played in the shooting.
Eric Knysz has a criminal history, including a recent Misdemeanor Domestic Violence. He pled guilty to that offense on May 17th of this year. His rap sheet also contains Guilty Pleas on several other Mis-demeanors as well as a Felony Home Invasion 1st Degree in 2008.
Butterfield is an Army vet and became a trooper in 1999.
In a statement on Monday night, Colonel Kriste Kibbey Etue said "Tonight we lost a hero."
On Tuesday, Governor Rick Snyder ordered flags at state offices to be flown at half mast.
“This senseless incident is a grim reminder that our brave public safety officers put their lives on the line every day when they go to work protecting Michiganders,” he said in a statement. “They are heroes.”