Deputy Eric General (Photo: Oakland County Sheriff's Office)

An Oakland County sheriff died early in the morning of Thanksgiving after being hit by a suspect's vehicle while preparing to "stop" sticks "on the road to stop a two-county police chase.

The deputy has been identified as Eric Overall, 50, a 22-year veteran. Years of the office Deputy General, a resident of Genesee County, recently married and has an adult child.

The coroner has ruled that the death of the Global Traumatologist due to contusion trauma was a homicide, according to a statement from the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. [19659006] The 22-year-old suspect from Macomb Township is being held in the Macomb County jail, that's because part of the staff at the County Jail. Oakland worked along with the Deputy General, said Subcommander Mike McCabe.

The suspect has four previous convictions for possession of marijuana and a police conviction that resists and hinders him.

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

"The actions and threats made by the suspect before the persecution posed an imminent threat to the public," Lapeer Sheriff Scott McKenna said in a statement. More details about what those actions and statements implied were not immediately available.

The chase headed for Brandon Township through Lapeer County, starting on Interstate 69 westbound, then southbound M-15. It was at the intersection of M-15 and Seymour Lake Road that the deputy was attacked.

Overall, he was "okay" on the road at the time – according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office – he believes the suspect deliberately fled Deputy General.

The suspect's car overturned in the accident, and that individual was arrested at the scene.

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

A GoFundMe account was established in the Deputy General Memory to help his family.

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