BUTLER, Pa. — A Butler City police officer who was stabbed by a man who he then shot and killed was greeted by fellow officers outside of Cranberry Township’s municipal building after being released from a Pittsburgh hospital Wednesday.
Butler police, joined by members of several Butler County law enforcement agencies, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, honored Officer Michael Sulerud who had been hospitalized since he was stabbed on Aug. 24 along West Jefferson Street, after police were called for a man “acting erratically and jumping in and out of oncoming traffic.”
During a struggle with the man, Sulerud was stabbed multiple times, police said. Sulerud then shot the man, who died. The family of the man who died in the shooting said he suffered from mental illness, but this was the first time he hurt anyone.
Sulerud, a 27-year-old United States Marine Corps veteran who has been with the department for three years, was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital.
Butler Police Chief Robert O’Neil said Sulerud’s “...family and the Marine Corps. gave him the warrior mindset that brought him to this point.”
As he continues to heal from physical and mental wounds, the community says it’s at his family’s side.
The following statement was released by Sulerud’s family and the Butler City Police Department:
“The family and the Butler City Police would like to thank the nurses, doctors and surgeons at UPMC for their unbelievable care. We are truly thankful for their service as well as the UPMC police department, security staff and all the other employees who made us feel welcome over the past 10 days. The family thanks the community for all the support they received and ask that people continue to respect their privacy as Officer Sulerud continues to heal.”
Cards and letters of support for Sulerud can be sent to:
Butler City Police Department
c/o Officer Sulerud
200 West New Castle Road
Butler, PA 16001
A GoFundMe (CLICK HERE) was previously set up to help with Sulerud’s medical expenses.
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