Michael Butterfield

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested an Alvarado man Wednesday on charges of assault family violence by impeding breath and aggravated assault against a public servant.

Deputies responded at 11:14 p.m. that day to the 2300 block of Kris Court in Alvarado on a disturbance call. 

A woman told deputies that her boyfriend, Michael J. Butterfield, 50, had attacked her.

The woman told deputies that Butterfield choked her until she could not breath, according to Butterfield’s probable cause affidavit.

 The woman said Butterfield punched her in her ribs at least twice and hit her multiple times over her body. The woman told deputies that she believed Butterfield was going to kill her during the assault.

During the investigation, a Ford truck driven by Butterfield arrived and stopped just behind the deputies fully marked patrol vehicles with active emergency lights, according to reports. 

Butterfield could be heard yelling at deputies and his girlfriend, according to reports.

 Deputies ordered Butterfield to exit his vehicle. Instead, he refused, “rammed up his engine and drove his white Ford truck directly deputies and [his girlfriend],” according to reports.

Deputies gave multiple commands to stop with their guns pointed at Butterfield, according to reports.

One deputy stepped between two parked patrol cars but another remained directly in the path of the Ford driven by Butterfield. That deputy and the girlfriend were able to get out of the path of the truck driven by Butterfield, but the deputy stated that he was in fear of his life and possibly death because of Butterfield’s actions, according to reports. 

Butterfield drove his truck into the yard then opened his driver’s side door. Butterfield refused when ordered by deputies to exit the vehicle. He subsequently exited the truck while telling deputies that his girlfriend had cut his arm.

Deputies ordered Butterfield to get on the ground but he refused, according to reports, instead telling deputies to “get it over with.”

Butterfield eventually got on the ground at which point deputies arrested him.

Johnson County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ronny McBroom set Butterfield’s bonds at $40,000, $20,000 on each charge. McBroom also issued an emergency protective order against Butterfield.

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