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Sheriff: Suspect in Michigan deputy’s slaying claimed to be ‘God’

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Deputy Eric Overall - photo courtesy: Oakland County Sheriff's Office

 

BRANDON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man facing charges after a sheriff’s deputy in Michigan was struck and killed by his car had earlier told authorities that he was “God.”

Lapeer County Sheriff Scott McKenna told reporters Friday the man made the statement late Wednesday night in the jail lobby and also said he was there to break out one of his “sons.”

McKenna said the 22-year-old Macomb County man drove away and was followed by Lapeer deputies into Oakland County.

Oakland County deputy Eric Overall was laying down “stop sticks” early Thursday morning in Brandon Township to deflate the man’s tires. McKenna says the suspect made a nearly 90-degree turn before hitting the 50-year-old Overall in a grassy area.

Overall’s death has been ruled a homicide. The suspect’s arraignment via video is expected Saturday.

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1 Comment

  • Michael

    While this is truly terrible Police really need better stop stick training. These types of deaths are preventable.

    If you aren’t far enough ahead of the pursuit don’t try to deploy sticks. If you are far enough ahead find a safe spot to do so. A grassy spot is NOT cover. The officer gets to pick the location of the deployment so pick a spot based on officer safety. Find a spot with cover- the stop stick line is 80 ft long- get behind a HUGE tree or something else immovable.

    Like I said this is horrible and not the officers fault but this is a tragedy that can be prevented by knowledge of your patrol area and a little pre-planning.