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2 troopers recognized for catching accused cop-killer Eric Knysz

12:08 PM, Jan 23, 2014   |    comments
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  • MSP Trooper Jeffrey Crofoot
  • MSP Trooper Paul Butterfield
  • MSP Trooper Steven Arendt
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LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - Two Michigan State Police Troopers were honored for their efforts in catching an accused cop-killer.

Trooper Steven Arendt and Trooper Jeffrey Crofoot from the Cadillac Post were awarded the MSP Bravery Award for their apprehension of Eric Knysz and his wife Sarah Knysz on September 9th at a gas station in Manistee County.  The Knysz's were suspects in the shooting death of MSP Trooper Paul Butterfield earlier in the day.

The MSP Board of Awards recognized Arendt's and Crofoot's keen observation skills and brave actions resulted in the arrests of the Knysz's.

Eric Knysz has been charged in the murder of Butterfield and will face trial next month.  Sarah Knysz has already pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the crime and is serving two to five years for her involvement.

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