Police Officer and Suspect Killed After Traffic Stop in Small Georgia City Turns Violent

Holly Springs officer Joe Burson

A police officer and the suspect he pulled over are both dead after a traffic stop in a small Georgia city turned violent, authorities said Thursday.

The incident unfolded in Holly Springs, a small rural community about 35 miles north of Atlanta, late Wednesday when officer Joe Burson, 25, pulled over a vehicle for speeding around 11 p.m., the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said during a Thursday news conference.

At some point during the stop, things got violent. Burson opened fire and fatally shot the driver of the vehicle — Ansy Dolce, 29. Dolce drove off and dragged Burson, which ultimately killed him, said GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles.

It’s unclear in what order these events happened or what happened to cause the stop to turn deadly. Authorities are investigating, using footage from the officer’s dash camera and his body camera — which authorities say he was wearing.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Christal Hayes

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