Detective Butler succumbed to a gunshot wound received the previous day when he and two other detectives responded to a report on Quincy Avenue from a woman who was scared her husband would kill her for leaving him. When they arrived at the location they observed the man leaning against a post. When they began to search him he produced a revolver and pushed the officers aside and tried to run into a shop. Detective Butler chased the man into the shop, exchanged shots and was struck. One of the other detectives shot and killed the suspect. Detective Butler was taken to a local hospital where he died the next day after surgery. The suspect was wanted at the time for murdering his previous wife and girlfriend.
Detective Butler had been in law enforcement for nine years and had been with the agency for five years. He was survived by his wife and 20-month-old daughter