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A file photo of a Michigan State Police badge, who responded to the accident.

MASON COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - Michigan State Police Trooper Paul Butterfield, of the Hart Post in Oceana County, was shot in the head around 6:30 Monday night while making a traffic stop in Mason County, just northeast of Ludington.

He later died from his wounds. According to police, a passerby discovered the trooper about four minutes after the shooting and tried to save his life.

That driver, a firefighter who lives nearby, happened to be driving down the street with his wife and two kids when they discovered the trooper laying on the side of the road.  He called 911. 

"And Chuck helped him because he is a first responder," said Sherry Dufon, another neighbor.

Dufon described the scene as as "crazy and scary." She says her neighbors, the ones who found Butterfield, called her Monday night saying they were being questioned by police as worked to piece together what happened in those fateful moments.

"They wanted to get all the details and she had two kids that she didn't want to stay there and go through that so my husband went and picked them up," she said. "They were just driving down the road and it happened. They road got blocked off and they were the first ones there."

That couple did not want to talk to us on camera. Naturally, the ordeal has been upsetting for that family and the entire community.

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