Police: Ga. officer killed after being dragged by car in traffic stop
Officer Joe Burson shot and killed the suspect as he was being dragged, investigators believe
Duty Death: Joe Burson - [Holly Springs, Georgia]
End of Service: 06/16/2021
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation clarified Thursday that the officer was not shot, as was first reported by some outlets, but dragged by the suspect's car. This article has been updated to reflect that new information.
By Associated Press
HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. — A police officer has died after a traffic stop in which he fatally shot a man, possibly as the officer was being dragged, authorities said.
Holly Springs Police Chief Tommy Keheley said investigators believe Holly Springs officer Joe Burson shot the suspect late Wednesday while he was being dragged by a vehicle, but said an inquiry is ongoing.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokesperson Nelly Miles said Burson was dragged but managed to fire shots at the suspect. She said Burson and suspect both died despite first aid. The state agency is investigating Burson’s shooting of the suspect.
Officials had initially said Thursday that Burson had been shot to death. The deceased suspect was not immediately named.
Keheley said a shift supervisor was also present for the traffic stop due to speeding. Keheley said investigators are examining video footage and other evidence.
Keheley said he met overnight with the wife of the 25-year-old officer, who was from nearby Ball Ground. Burson was initially hired and trained by Holly Springs, his first police employer.
“He was a model officer," Keheley told reporters in a Thursday news conference. "If you had the ability to clone police officers, you would have wanted your police officer to be Joe Burson.”
The GBI is performing an autopsy on Burson's body.
New: @GBI_GA speaking with Chief of Holly Springs Police about the Officer Joe Burson who was killed in the line of duty last night off Hickory Rd. @DillonFox5 has details on #fox5atl pic.twitter.com/tkfqAnNNqm— Jim Zorn (@PhotoZorn_FOX5) June 17, 2021
One male suspect, identified as Ansy Dolce, age 29, of Cherokee County, was shot and killed by an officer in the incident. (2/2)— GA Bureau of Investigation (@GBI_GA) June 17, 2021