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Preparations being finalized for funeral of State Trooper Paul Butterfield


MASON COUNTY (WKZO) -- As we reported yesterday morning, Investigators are beginning to seriously consider a theory that Eric Knysz was more afraid of jail than murdering a police officer because he was didn’t have a valid driver’s license and was driving around with a gun.

Trooper Paul Butterfield just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

They are apparently drawing that inference from some of the things that the 20-year-old has said from his hospital bed.

Knysz‘s father is a retired police officer and that’s where he may have gotten the gun, but police have not confirmed that.

The chain of events that occurred after Eric KNysz shot and killed State Trooper Paul Butterfield is emerging.

After the shooting the couple went to his mother’s house to pick her up, so they could go revisit a man who was selling a car that they had visited earlier in the day. Rather than buy the car, Timothy Shultz says he saw Knysz just come up and take it.

He went to a meeting and heard about the shooting, put two and two together and notified police.

Working with that information, police were able to locate the stolen car at a gas station in Dublin, and after a short shoot-out, take both Knysz and his wife into custody. His mother drove the pick-up home.

In Manistee, arrangements for the funeral of Trooper Paul Butterfield continue to come together. Chris Luty with the Michigan State Troopers Association says it will begin with all the visiting police officers filing in to pass by and salute the casket on the way to their seats.

They are expecting over a thousand officers, from all over the U.S. to attend.

He says that’s why they are holding it in The Manistee High School Gym, it’s the only place that’s big enough.

The visitation will be at 10 and services will begin at 1 p.m.