PONTIAC, MI – Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard issued a statement concerning the verdict in the murder case against Christopher Berak who is now convicted of killing Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Overall.
Today, a verdict was handed down in the Deputy Eric Overall murder trial where Christopher Berak faced charges of first degree murder and murder of a police officer. The jury found Berak guilty on both charges.
Deputy Eric Overall was killed in the line of duty in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day 2017. He was just 50-years-old and was a 22 year veteran of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.
Eric Overall was tragically killed on Thursday November 23rd, 2017, while deploying “Stop Sticks” on M-15 at the intersection of Seymour Lake Road in Brandon Township. He was assisting the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office on a pursuit that had started in Lapeer County. The suspect was being pursued by LCSO after he had been at the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office headquarters where his actions and threats there led to the pursuit.
Christopher Berak, from Macomb Township, was 22-years-old at the time of the incident. Berak had 4 previous convictions for Possession of Marijuana and a conviction for Resisting and Obstructing Police.
Evidence presented in the case showed that Deputy Overall was not in the roadway at the time, and in fact was well off the roadway and he had just deployed the “Stop Sticks” across SB M-15. From the evidence collected, it was shown that Christopher Berak deliberately ran down Deputy Overall swerving to hit him.
Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard released the following statement:
Today, we now have closure in the line of duty death of Deputy Eric Overall, who served his time at the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office with dignity, integrity, and grace. His family friends and our agency have a void which will never be filled as a result of the tragic loss of Eric. His impact will not be forgotten. I applaud all the investigators from the Sheriff’s Office and outside agencies who assisted in this investigation and trial. Reliving the case has not been easy on anyone including Eric’s family and loved ones. I hope his wife Sonja and son Ken find some peace and solace now that his killer has been held responsible. Eric’s ‘Never Quit’ mantra represented everyone’s dedication to obtaining justice in this case.
Christopher Berak faces up to life in prison when sentenced next month.
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