Detectives: Suspect swerved to hit, kill Oakland Co. deputy

Eric Overall
An undated courtesy photo of Oakland County Deputy Eric Overall. (Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

BRANDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has identified the veteran deputy hit and killed during a two-county pursuit on Thanksgiving morning.

Deputy Eric Overall was deploying Stop Sticks on M-15 at Seymore Lake Road in Oakland County’s Brandon Township when he was hit by the suspect’s vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.

Investigators say Overall was “well off the roadway” when they believe the suspect deliberately swerved to hit him. The medical examiner ruled Overall’s death a homicide, saying the 50-year-old deputy died from blunt force trauma.

Overall was a 22-year veteran on the force. He leaves behind a wife and adult son.

“He had a great career here and touched a lot of lives,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard told Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV. ”It’s the worst day in a law enforcement community when we lose one of our own on the front lines.”

It’s unclear what sparked the pursuit, which started in Lapeer County.

The suspect, a 22-year-old man from Macomb Township, was arrested at the scene. He remains in the Macomb County Jail.

Authorities are not releasing the driver’s name, but say he has four prior convictions for possessing marijuana and resisting and obstructing police.

Detectives plan to request a warrant in the case of Overall’s death on Saturday.

The circumstances surrounding the deputy’s death are similar to what led to the October 2011 death of Walker Officer Trevor Slot. Slot was hit and killed by a vehicle carrying two bank robbers as he was laying out Stop Sticks on I-96. He left behind two children and a wife, who has since died from cancer.

Funeral arrangements for Overall are pending. A GoFundMe page has been set up online to help his family.