The flags fly at half staff at the Rockford State Police Post in honor of the shooting death of Trooper Paul Butterfield on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2012 in Rockford, Mich. Butterfield stopped a vehicle at 6:20 p.m. Monday night, in Sherman Township, and three minutes later a motorist called 911 to report that a trooper had been shot in the head. Butterfield, 43, died during emergency surgery at Munson hospital. A vehicle later was found based the information Butterfield had called in, and police located two suspects at a gas station in Wellston around 8:30 p.m. Police exchanged gunfire, and one suspect was shot. A man and woman were taken into custody. The man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. (AP Photo/The Muskegon Chronicle, Ken Stevens)
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LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A 19-year-old man was charged with murder Wednesday in the shooting of a state trooper in northern Michigan, and his wife was also charged with helping him try to get away.
LawOfficer: Michigan Trooper Killed During Traffic Stop
Trooper Paul Butterfield was shot in the head during a traffic stop Monday in Mason County's Sherman Township, about 80 miles north of Grand Rapids.
Eric Knysz of Luther has been charged with murder of an officer as well as three other crimes. He faces a mandatory no-parole sentence if convicted. His wife, Sarah Knysz, 20, faces two charges related to driving away from the scene with him.
There was no indication that either had attorneys yet. Sarah Knysz was due in court Wednesday, Magistrate Patricia Baker said.
Eric Knysz was injured while exchanging gunfire with police as officers closed in on the couple some 15 miles from where Butterfield was shot. He's in a hospital but was expected to appear in court Thursday. He has a criminal record that includes home invasion, a felony, in Lake County, records show.
"Good paying job trimming trees, wife that is pregnant, just moved into their own place," Knysz family friend Demo Moore told TV station WZZM. "Things were looking up. Then this happens."
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