UPDATE (CBS46) — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Holly Springs Police Department, held a news conference Thursday afternoon to provide more information on the incident that led to the death of a police officer and a suspect. 

The officer has been identified as Joe Burson, a 1-year veteran of the Holly Springs Police Department.

The GBI said they were requested by Holly Springs PD just after 1 a.m. Thursday. Around 11 p.m., according to the GBI, Holly Springs Police officers were conducting a traffic stop on Harmony Lake Drive at Hickory Road.   

"At some point during the traffic stop, one suspect...dragged [Officer Burson] down Hickory Road, said Nelly Miles, GBI Public Affairs Director. "During that traffic stop, [Burson] was able to fire shots at the suspect."

Both Officer Burson and the suspect died following the incident.

Holly Springs Police Chief Tom Keheley said the investigation is still going on and could not provide specific details on what happened during the stop that lead to the deadly confrontation.

"I cannot get into anything about the suspect at this time," Keheley said. "That is totally up to the GBI. 

Chief Keheley said Burson's probable cause for the traffic stop was speed and said it should've been a simple stop.

"The bottom line is, every bit of this could've been avoided," Keheley added.

An independent investigation by the GBI is ongoing. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available.  You can watch the entire news conference below.


HOLLY SPRINGS, GA (CBS46)—A Holly Springs police officer was killed late Wednesday night. The suspect is also dead.

According to a police spokesperson, the officer died while encountering a male suspect during a traffic stop. Police confirmed the officer died after he was dragged by the suspect’s car.

One male suspect, 29-year-old Ansy Dolce of Cherokee County, was shot and killed by an officer in the incident. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation tells CBS 46 the suspect was shot by the officer who was killed, but they are not sure which came first, the dragging or the gunshot.

More information is expected at a 2 p.m. news conference. CBS46 will air and stream that news conference live.

The incident happened near Hickory Road and New Light Road.

“We are in the process of notifying the officer's family members and attempting a positive identification of the suspect,” according to a statement from Holly Springs Police.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation.

CBS46 is working to get more on this developing story.

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