Police think suspect who allegedly fatally struck Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy did so deliberately

Posted at 4:50 AM, Nov 23, 2017


OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. — The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office says Deputy Eric Overall was the 22-year department veteran who was struck and killed Thursday morning while deploying “Stop Sticks” on M-15, in Brandon Township.

The Sheriff’s Office says on its Facebook page the Medical Examiner has ruled the death a homicide, and determined he died from blunt-force trauma. Police say Overall was well off the roadway when he was hit. Investigators think the suspect “deliberately ran down Deputy Overall, swerving to hit him.”

The suspect is 22 years old and from Macomb Township, according to police. They say he’s being housed at the Macomb County Jail, and the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit will be seeking a warrant request from the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office on Saturday. The Sheriff’s Office says the suspect has four prior convictions for Possession of Marijuana, and a conviction for Resisting and Obstructing Police.

A GoFundMe account has been set up in Deputy Overall’s memory, to assist his family. Overall lived in Genesee County. Police say he was recently married, and has one adult son. Funeral arrangements are pending.

-James Gemmell/FOX 17


OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. — Deputies are investigating after an officer was hit and killed around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

According to officials, the officer was attempting to deploy stop sticks during a police pursuit when he was hit by the suspect’s vehicle.

The suspect was arrested at the scene.

The name of the deputy has not been released but FOX 17 was told that he was a 22-year veteran of the force.