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OWOSSO NATIVE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER OF MICHIGAN STATE TROOPER
Posted by Durand Now at 7:01pm 9/10/13
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
custody.




















  Photo: Facebook

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.”


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