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Patrolman II Don Lee Overton | Memphis Police Department, Tennessee Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

Patrolman II

Don Lee Overton

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Tuesday, October 12, 1999

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 11 years

Badge # 1533

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Convicted of 1st Degree Murder

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Patrolman Don Overton was killed when his patrol car was struck by a stolen vehicle being chased by other officers. Patrolman Overton, who was not involved in the pursuit, was pulling out of a side street when his patrol car was broadsided by the vehicle, which was traveling at an estimated 100 mph. Patrolman Overton was extricated from his patrol car and flown to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. All four of the suspects were seriously injured in the accident.

The driver of the vehicle was initially convicted of felony murder and sentenced to life in prison. The sentence was overturned in February 2004 because the jury was not given instructions to consider lesser sentences. The driver was retried and found guilty of first degree murder on October 14th, 2005. Three other members of the gang pleaded guilty to lesser charges. The gang leader was charged with sending the driver and his crew on the shoplifting spree, pleaded guilty to aiding in a murder and drew a 20-year prison sentence.

Patrolman Overton had served with the Memphis Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his expectant wife.

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I did not know Officer Overton but I felt the loss as I lost a brother who was in the military in 2008. I know that being a police officer is a dangerous job so I wrote this for him.

The Ones He Left Behind

Dedicated to Memphis police officer Don Overton

He wasn’t known to me at all,
I watched in shock as he did fall.
Loved ones he left behind,
are ever etched upon my mind.

I pray someday we’ll understand,
but till that day God holds your hand.
Comforting them all the way,
as they go through life day by day.

There’s something God would have you do,
remember all the good times too.
Memories keep the tears at bay,
you’re in my prayers both night and day.

1999 Lauralee Wiltsie

This material is copyrighted and connot be used without the author's permission. Cobwebs on the Mirror

none/ Lauralee Wiltsie
September 4, 2015


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