A Barry County, Michigan sheriff's deputy was killed in the line of duty on Friday, October 17th when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle north of Hastings as he worked an undercover narcotics investigation.
Deputy Sheriff Christopher Yonkers, 43, was on his way to perform a drug buy when another vehicle turned in front of him. Deputy Yonkers, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene of the 9:45 p.m. crash. Officials initially thought he was off-duty at the time of the accident however it was later learned that Deputy Yonkers was working for the Southwest Enforcement Team on a drug investigation.
A 12-year veteran of the Barry County Sheriff's Department, Deputy Yonkers was a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan and a U.S. Army veteran having served with the 82nd Airborne Division based in Fort Bragg , North Carolina.
"There are some people who have a natural instinct to do police work. Chris was one of those guys who had that knack," Sheriff Dar Leaf said. "He was a very good leader. He was a lot of fun to work with, and he was an all-around good cop. We all looked at him like he was tough as nails, and he was. To have an accident like that shocked us pretty bad."
Deputy Yonkers is survived by his wife Kari, his sweetheart since 4th grade, and five children ages 10 to 17.