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Photo courtesy of Hillsdale County Sheriff's Office
Memorial contributions are being accepted for the family of Hillsdale County Deputy William Butler, who was fatally shot June 27.

With excerpts from news media

Please consider supporting the family of fallen Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Deputy William Butler, 51, who leaves behind a wife and five children.

Deputy Butler was fatally shot while assisting with a traffic stop around 2:30 p.m. June 27 in the area of Beecher Road and Lamb Road, according to a Detroit Free Press article.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Bill and Sarah Butler account at Fifth Third Bank or the Deputy Bill Butler Family Fund c/o the Hillsdale County Community Foundation.

Butler was shot during an attempted arrest. After the passenger in the vehicle refused to identify himself, a deputy on scene identified him and a fight broke out when police attempted to arrest the suspect, the Detroit Free Press article stated. The suspect pulled out a handgun from his waistband, shot Deputy Butler, and fled the scene on foot, the article stated. Officers returned fire, but the suspect escaped. Deputy Butler was rushed to Hillsdale Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Michigan State Police said the suspect was found around 6:15 p.m. near Culbert and Osseo Rd., according to the Free Press article. After being commanded to surrender, he shot at troopers, who returned fire, killing the suspect, the article stated. No troopers were injured.

Butler served as a Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Deputy for 12 years. He spent over 20 years in the U.S. Army National Guard, including serving overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom.