UPDATE: Michigan state trooper attacked during traffic stop; brothers charged

 Trooper Garry Guild and Jerry Burnham
Trooper Garry Guild and Jerry Burnham (WNDU)
Published: Feb. 20, 2017 at 3:12 PM EST
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We now know who attacked MSP Trooper Garry Guild Monday.

21-year-old Michael Barber from Mishawaka and 19-year-old Travis Wise from Middlebury were arraigned today.

Both have multiple charges... Including assault strangulation as well as resisting a police officer and attempting to disarm an officer's taser.

The courts tried to push for a higher bond because, not only did Wise get into a situation he wasn't involved in, but they made threats to the two Good Samaritans who came to help out.

Because of the Good Samaritans, Trooper Guild is happy and lucky to be alive and back at work today.

It was just supposed to be a simple traffic stop, but after Michael Barber sped off on a stolen motorcycle, things became worrisome.

"As things escalate, there's a reason they did what they did," Guild said.

The chase stopped when Barber wrecked and flew over the handlebars.

"He appeared dazed," Guild said.

Guild approached with caution and was able to make progress on the arrest.

"The next thing I knew, he had a full choke hold around my neck."

Tyler wise had come up behind and attacked Guild. He even tried to get Guild's gun after it fell out of the holster.

"Somehow I'm going to have to get my backup gun," Guild said. "And I may have to use deadly force,"

And that's when two Good Samaritans showed up just in time.

"My wife's like 'There's an officer out there!' And then she started yelling that he needed help and told us to stop," Jerry Burnham said. "So, that's what we did."

"What was she yelling at you?" I asked.

"Get out and do something!" he said.

He and another person were able to get Guild out of the choke hold.

"Between the two of us, we finally got them separated," Burnham said. "We held one down while the cop held the other one down."

In the end, everybody was able to make it out alive and well.

"It's good to be here," Guild said. "I thought at one point that I wouldn't."

"I'm glad he went home to his family," Burnham said.

"My wife met me at the hospital she hugged me and told me she loved me," Guild said.

"You know, Officer Guild, he risks his life every day," Burnham said. "And when you see somebody in need of help, you need to do your part as a citizen too."

"Often times just being a good witness is doing way above and beyond," Guild said. "Lesser than these two citizens did, but it's still a help."

As of Tuesday, Guild still isn't at 100 percent. He has a sore throat from the choking and a couple of bruises from being punched, but definitely better than what could have happened if nobody showed up to help.

As for Barber and Wise, they'll have a pre-exam conference on March 1st and then a preliminary exam hearing on March 7th.


A motorcyclist and his brother have been identified and charged with attacking a Michigan state trooper during a traffic stop Monday morning.

According to Michigan State Police, it happened just before 9 a.m. Trooper Garry Guild, a 21-year veteran, tried to pull over a speeding motorcycle. It was heading south on US-31 near Matthew Road in Berrien Township.

The driver then sped off for three miles until he crashed. He then ran toward and attacked Tpr. Guild.

The man's brother then pulled up and also attacked the officer.

Two people passing by stopped and helped Tpr. Guild place the two men into custody.

Tpr. Guild was treated for his injuries and released.

On Tuesday afternoon, the motorcycle driver was identified as Michael Scott Barber, a 21-year-old who lives in Mishawaka.

His brother was identified as Travis Wise, a 19-year-old from Middlebury.

Michigan State Police believe the motorcycle was stolen from Van Buren County. They're also investigating possible connections to several break-ins.

Barber and Wise were arraigned on Tuesday. Barber's bond was set at $75,000, and Wise's was set at $100,000.

The two men were charged with the following crimes:

Michael Barber (driver of the motorcycle):

1. Assault Strangulation, a ten year felony;

2. Flee & Elude 3rd Degree, a five year felony;

3. Resisting and Obstruction a Police Officer Causing Injury, a four year felony;

4. Receiving and Concealing a Stolen Motor Vehicle, a five year felony; and

5. Attempt Disarming a Police Officer, (a taser), a two year felony.

Travis Wise:

1. Assault Strangulation, a ten year felony;

2. Obstruction of Justice, a five year felony;

3. Resisting and Obstruction a Police Officer Causing Injury, a four year felony; and

4. Attempt Disarming a Police Officer, (a taser), a two year felony.

Both men will be in court for a pre-exam conference on March 1.

NewsCenter 16's Travis Robinson was at the arraignment and spoke with the trooper who was attacked. His full story will air during our evening news.