Police Officer Joseph William Burson

Police Officer Joseph William Burson

Holly Springs Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, June 17, 2021

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Joseph William Burson

Police Officer Joe Burson succumbed to injuries sustained when he was dragged by a vehicle during a traffic stop of a speeding vehicle at about 11:00 pm.

He had stopped the vehicle on Hickory Road between Little Road and Hickory Hills Drive. At some point during the stop, the driver attempted to flee in the car and dragged Officer Burson alongside it. Officer Burson was able to fatally shoot the subject while being dragged but suffered severe injuries when he fell to the pavement.

Officer Burson had served with the Holly Springs Police Department for 18 months. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 235

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Incident Date Wednesday, June 16, 2021
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Shot and killed

traffic stop

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I remember that night like it was yesterday. I was on my way home from work when police cars came flying by me. You were the 1st person I thought of. It was late so I didn't want to bother to have someone check on you. My heart sank the next day when I saw all the post. I just couldn't believe it. You were the sweetest person and so friendly everytime I saw you. It hurts my heart as you are the same age as my son and he is a LEO also. You will always be remembered and loved Joe.


May 16, 2022

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