Suspect, officers identified in deadly Holly Springs shooting

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022
Suspect, officers identified in deadly Holly Springs shooting
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Holly Springs Police Department released the identity of the man officers killed when they say he attacked them with a knife.

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (WTVD) -- Holly Springs Police Department released the identity of the man officers killed when they say he attacked them with a knife.

It happened late Tuesday night outside a home on Cobalt Creek Way, just off Main Street, north of downtown.

Police said they got a call around 9:30 p.m. about a man acting erratically, verbally threatening residents, and blocking access to their driveway and garage.

When officers arrived, the man, later identified as 30-year-old Ryan Eric Schlosser, was still standing in a driveway and acting out. Officers said Schlosser refused to answer their questions; instead, he took off, ducking into a neighboring home in an attempt to escape.

When officers followed Schlosser, he reportedly attacked them with a knife. Officer James Colucci and Officer Edger Hernandez were not seriously hurt.

During the attack, those two officers opened fire on Schlosser. He was shot and died from his injuries at the hospital.

The State Bureau of Investigation is now in charge of the investigation into what happened.