Oakland deputy 'well off the roadway' when fatally hit

James David Dickson
The Detroit News
Deputy Eric Overall

An Oakland County deputy sheriff died early Thanksgiving morning after being hit by a fleeing suspect's car while readying to place "stop sticks" in the road to halt a two-county police chase.

The deputy has been identified as Eric Overall, 50, a 22-year-veteran of the office. Deputy Overall, a Genesee County resident, was recently married and has one adult son.

Deputy Overall's death of blunt force trauma has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, according to a statement from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. 

The 22-year-old male suspect from Macomb Township is being held at the Macomb County Jail. That's because some of the staff at the Oakland County Jail worked alongside Deputy Overall, said Undersheriff Mike McCabe.

The suspect has four prior convictions for possession of marijuana and a resisting and obstructing police conviction.

The Lapeer County Sheriff's Office says the pursuit started in the parking lot of the Lapeer County Jail. It started off with traffic "minimal" and "at moderate speeds."

"The actions and threats made by the suspect prior to the pursuit posed an imminent threat to the public," said Lapeer Sheriff Scott McKenna, in a statement. Further details on what those actions and statements entailed were not immediately available. 

The chase made its way to Brandon Township via Lapeer County, starting on westbound Interstate 69, then to southbound M-15. It was at the intersection of M-15 and Seymour Lake Road that the deputy was hit.

Overall was "well off" the roadway at the time — according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office — who believes that the suspect deliberately ran down Deputy Overall. 

The suspect's car flipped over in the crash, and that individual was arrested at the scene.

The sheriff's office Special Investigations Unit will investigate the deputy's death.

A GoFundMe account has been established in Deputy Overall's memory to assist his family.