Hundreds honor Michigan deputy fatally hit during chase

INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, MICH. (AP) - Hundreds of police officers and others gathered for the start of services for a Michigan sheriff's deputy who was fatally struck by a car being pursued by police.

Deputies in dress uniforms carried the flag-draped casket of 50-year-old Oakland County Deputy Eric Overall into Independence Township's Mount Zion Church on Monday for visitation ahead of his funeral Tuesday.

Related: Oakland County Sheriff: Driver 'deliberately ran down' deputy, killing him

Sonja Overall says she feels robbed by her husband's death early Thursday, but that the outpouring of support has been a godsend.

Authorities say Overall was preparing to deploy "stop sticks" designed to deflate vehicles' tires when he was hit. The 22-year-old driver Christopher Berak faces charges of first-degree homicide and murder of a peace officer.

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered the lowering of U.S. and Michigan flags Tuesday on state buildings.  

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