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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Joe, we all miss you down here in the "The Springs" and Woodstock. I know you are continuing to watch over us from above. Please help my friend (and fellow Ga. LEO) Lena Marshall find her way. She's new up there as of today & I'm sure she could use some help figuring out her wings. Like you, she laid her life down to protect her community. I know you two will get along. Please tell her I said hello. Fly high Joe and rest easy.

Senior Corporal/ K9 Handler E. S. Roper - US Federal Reserve Police Atlanta, GA.

November 9, 2021

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