Police Officer Killed During Traffic Stop in Holly Springs, Georgia

A police officer has died after a shooting following a traffic stop in the city of Holly Springs in Georgia.

A suspect in the "officer involved shooting" also died during the incident, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI).

In a statement on Thursday morning, the GBI wrote: "The GBI is investigating an officer involved shooting at the request of the Holly Springs Police Department. A Holly Springs Police Officer has died. A male suspect has died.

"The incident started as a traffic stop. At this point, we are still working to gather details and will provide updates as we learn more."

The Paulding County Sheriff's office posted a message of mourning on Facebook regarding the police officer's death.

"Please keep the Holly Springs Police Department (Georgia) in your thoughts and prayers as we mourn the loss of one of their officers who was shot and killed by a suspect last night," this said.

The nearby Cobb County Sheriff's Office also posted a message of support to officers on Twitter. This said: "Our prayers are with the the family of the officer, the Holly Springs Police Department, and all Cherokee County LEOs."

At around 8:30 a.m., Republican Congressman Barry Loudermilk of Georgia shared his shock in a post on Twitter and called for an end to violence against police.

"We are shocked and heartbroken by the death of one our dedicated law enforcement officers in Holly Springs. This is the second shooting of a police officer in our area this week," Loudermilk tweeted.

"The violence against our peacekeepers is rising, and they need our support. Please join me in praying for this officer's family, as we mourn the loss of a servant to our community."

A WBSTV helicopter filmed the scene in the early hours of the morning. The footage showed multiple police cars and emergency service vehicles gathered at the intersection, that is located in a residential area.

The GBI has not yet revealed the names of either the officer or the suspect. The investigation into the incident is being carried out by the GBI.

The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has closed a section of the road between New Light Road and Little Road in Holly Springs so investigations into the incident can continue.

Further details of what led to the shooting have yet to be revealed. Newsweek has contacted the GBI for an updated statement on the shooting.

Holly Springs officer killed during traffic stop
Yellow police tape at night with blurred blue and red lights from police cars and emergency vehicles. A police officer has died after a shooting following a traffic stop in the city of Holly Springs in Georgia. Ole Schwander/iStock / Getty Images Plus

Update 06/12/21, 9:05 a.m. ET: This article was updated throughout with additional details and context.