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Branch County commissioner and former state trooper reflects on shooting of fellow officers

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Branch County Commissioner Don Vrablic is a former Michigan State Police trooper and he says Monday’s shooting death of State Trooper Paul Butterfield brought back painful memories of the deaths in the line of duty of several fellow officers he served with. Butterfield’s killing is another reminder of why we commemorate 9/11 today. It’s not only to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks, but to remember all the police and firefighters who lost their lives that day. Vrablic’s comments came at Tuesday’s regular session of the County Commission.

Flags are flying at half staff at all state buildings and many other places in Michigan after the shooting death of Trooper Butterfield. He was a 12-year veteran of the State Police, the son of a State Police officer who had been a track star, an army veteran and was engaged to be married. The suspect, 19-year-old Eric Kynsz is also the son of a police officer, but his teen years were marked by trouble, a home invasion, drunken driving, a weapons charge and a domestic violence count. Family  friends say it looked like Kynsz was getting his life together after his recent marriage. Kynsz remains at Munson Hospital with a leg wound.  His very pregnant wife remains in custody.  It’s not clear what charges she will face.