Hero Down: Oakland County Deputy Killed Thanksgiving Morning

A 22-year veteran deputy sheriff and father was killed on Thanksgiving morning.

Oakland County, MI - An Oakland County Deputy Sheriff was killed on Thanksgiving morning.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, was assisting in a vehicle pursuit when he was struck by the suspect's vehicle and killed.

The incident occurred on Thursday about 12:30 AM when a vehicle pursuit started in Lapeer County, continued west on I-69 to southbound M-15, and then entered Oakland County into Brandon Township.

The deputy was outside of his cruiser at the intersection of M-15 and Seymour Lake Road about to deploy stop sticks when the suspect ran over him.

The suspect's vehicle then rolled over, and the suspect was taken into custody. His name and charges have not yet been released.

The deputy was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said "Here we have Thanksgiving Day and a family that will never be the same," according to WXYZ .

"He did a lot of good -- not just in the community, but for family and friends."

In a Facebook post , the Oakland County Sheriff's Office said:

"Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard sadly informs the community that one of our Sheriff’s Deputies was tragically killed today at approximately 12:31am during a police pursuit.

A police pursuit started in Lapeer County went WB on I-69 to SB M-15 and then entered Oakland County in Brandon Township. At the intersection of SB M-15 and Seymour Lake Road the Deputy was just outside of his patrol car about to deploy “Stop Sticks” when the fleeing suspect hit the Deputy and the suspect’s vehicle then rolled over.

The suspect was immediately taken into custody at the scene. The Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit is investigating the death of our Deputy.

The Deputy is a 22 year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

His name will not be released until all next of kin have been notified.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

We ask that you keep his friends and family in your prayer."

The deputy was married, and had a child.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of this hero and the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

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Rest in peace, Deputy. His poor family will now be viewing this day as a day of sadness, due to the actions of a criminal.

I wish there was a better way to deploy stop sticks. This isn't the first time something like this has happened. RIP officer and prayers for the family.

That''s the second cop death today! We need a law, Congress, that says cop killers will be hung by the neck until dead. Make them suffer like they make everyone else suffer. Fuck being humane to them. They're monsters!

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