Oakland County, MI - Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Eric Overall, age 50, was murdered on Thanksgiving morning by a suspect fleeing from police.
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said that the fleeing suspect "deliberately ran down" Deputy Overall as he was deploying stop sticks, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The incident occurred about 12:31 AM on the southbound side of M-15 at Seymour Lake Road in Brandon Township.
In a statement, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said that Deputy Overall had just set the stop sticks, and "was well off the roadway" when the driver swerved to hit him.
An autopsy showed that Deputy Overall died of homicide from blunt force trauma.
The suspect had been fleeing from police after he had been at the Lapeer County Jail.
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said that the suspect's "actions and threats there led to the pursuit."
The 22-year-old suspect, whose name was not released, is from Macomb Township. He is being held at the Macomb County Jail, and has four prior convictions for marijuana possession, and one prior conviction for resisting and obstructing police.
"Deputy Eric Overall, age 50 who was a 22 year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, was tragically killed this morning while deploying 'Stop Sticks' on M-15 at the intersection of Seymour Lake Road in Brandon Township.
He was assisting the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office on a pursuit that had started in Lapeer County.
The suspect was being pursued by LCSO after he had been at the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office headquarters where his actions and threats there led to the pursuit.
The Medical Examiner has ruled the death of Deputy Overall a homicide and that he died of blunt force trauma.
The suspect is a 22 year old male from Macomb Township who is currently housed at the Macomb County Jail. He has prior 4 prior convictions for Possession of Marijuana and a conviction for Resisting and Obstructing Police.
The Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit will be presenting a warrant request to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday. Deputy Overall was not in the roadway at the time, and in fact was well off the roadway and he had just deployed the “Stop Sticks” across SB M-15.
It is our belief that from all evidence collected that the suspect deliberately ran down Deputy Overall swerving to hit him.
A GoFundMe Account has been established in Deputy Overall’s memory and assist his family in this most difficult time:
Deputy Overall was recently married and has one adult son. He resided in Genesee County.
Funeral arrangements are pending."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Deputy Eric Overall, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Deputy Overall, your life mattered.