Oakland County Sheriff’s Office identifies Deputy killed in crash during pursuit
UPDATE: The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office has identified the deputy killed in the crash as 50-year-old Deputy Eric Overall.
The Medical Examiner has ruled the death of Deputy Overall a homicide and that he died of blunt force trauma.
BRANDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – An Oakland County sheriff’s deputy has died in a crash following a police pursuit.
The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday the death of 50-year-old Deputy Eric Overall, a 22-year veteran of the department on its Facebook page.
The incident happened at 12:31 a.m. Thursday morning.
According to the sheriff’s office, a police pursuit which originated in Lapeer County on I-69 eventually followed M-15 south into Brandon Township, just south of Ortonville.
The suspect, a 22 year old male from Macomb Township, was being pursued by the Lapeer County Sheriff's Office after having been in the department's headquarters where his actions and threats led to the pursuit, Lapeer County sheriff officials said.
Overall was outside his cruiser at the corner of M-15 and Seymour Lake Road getting ready to deploy ‘stop sticks’ when the suspect slammed into him, said the sheriff's office.
Sheriff's officials then said the suspect’s vehicle rolled over as a result of the crash and the suspect was taken into custody at the scene.
No word has been given yet on what charges he will face.
He is currently housed at the Macomb County Jail.
Oakland County Sheriff's officials report the suspect has prior 4 prior convictions for Possession of Marijuana and a conviction for Resisting and Obstructing Police.
An investigation into the incident is currently underway.
Deputy Overall was recently married and has one adult son, said the sheriff's office.
He resided in Genesee County.
“We ask that you keep his friends and family in your prayers,” said the sheriff’s office in their post.
Governor Rick Snyder expressed his condolences to the deputy's family and friends on Twitter saying "My heart is heavy after learning that an Oakland County Sheriff's deputy was killed in the line of duty. As we gather with loved ones let us all keep this deputy's friends and family in our thoughts and prayers."
A GoFundMe Account has been established in Deputy Overall’s memory and to assist his family.
The Lapeer County Sheriff's Office also expressed its condolences for Deputy Overall's death in their official statement on the incident.