Holly Springs Police Officer Joe Burson was dragged by a vehicle driven by a man trying to escape a traffic stop. The officer and the driver died in the incident.
25-year-old Officer Joe Burson lost his life after being dragged by a car, driven by a man trying to evade a traffic stop. Burson fired his weapon in the process of being pulled along by the vehicle, fatally shooting the driver.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has launched an investigation into the case, confirming that both Burson and the driver, identified as 29-year-old Ansy Dolce, died in the incident.
Blue police sirens on top of a vehicle. | Photo: Pexels
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation released a statement sharing the information that they have thus far. They confirmed that Burson was one of the officers conducting a traffic stop for speeding just before midnight on June 16.
The stop was stationed at the intersection of Harmony Lake Drive and Hickory Road, where Dolce attempted to escape from the authorities and the incident followed. The statement reads:
"Dolce dragged Holly Springs Police Officer Joe Burson, age 25, down Hickory Road until the vehicle crashed. During the incident, Burson fired shots at Dolce."
TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
Once the vehicle came to a stop, the other officers were there to help both Burson and Dolce. The driver was transported to North Fulton Hospital, and Burson was taken to Kennestone Hospital, where they were both pronounced dead.
Officer Burson only joined the police force a year prior to his death, leaving his colleagues in mourning. Holly Springs Police Chief Tom Keheley shared:
"He was a model officer. If you had the ability to clone your officers, you want your officer to be Joe Burson."
The authorities are unsure about the reason behind Dolce speeding through the stop. They are relying on the late officer's body and dash cameras to reveal more about the occurrence.
Keheley shared that there was nothing strange about the officers' traffic stop and that the deaths could have been avoided. The chief revealed that the death of Officer Burson was a horrible part of his job.
Cobb County also experienced the serious injury of an officer. A police officer was on a domestic call when the suspect pulled out a weapon and shot the policeman.
Fortunately, the officer was wearing a bulletproof vest that protected him from the bullet's force, but he was still hospitalized to receive medical care for his injuries.
The same suspect was then involved in another shooting with police officers, where he was shot and killed during the exchange of gunfire.
Authorities confirmed that no officers were injured during the second shooting but the suspect did not survive. An investigation is still ongoing.