A suspect who shot and killed a Georgia police officer was arrested on Sunday as investigators uncovered a possible motive for the murder.
Damien Ferguson, 43, was held at his Alamo home and later charged with the murder of 26-year-old Dylan Harrison, on Saturday morning when the officer was working his first shift for the Alamo Police Department.
Harrison was shot outside the station house in what investigators described as an “ambush-style attack”.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation revealed Sunday that Harrison was murdered in retaliation for arresting Ferguson’s “known accomplice” across the street from campus on Friday night.
The GBI said that earlier in his shift, Harrison had stopped a man for a traffic violation, who got into a fight with the officer after refusing to provide his name and identity.
Investigators said the man pushed the officer and resisted arrest, causing Harrison to release his Taser.
The GBI said the man was eventually arrested and sent to jail.
Investigators did not elaborate on the relationship between Ferguson and the man arrested outside the campus.
Harrison, a native of Dudley, was working part-time with the Alamo Police Department.
Officials said he had been working in law enforcement since 2018 and was employed full-time with the GBI Drug Task Force in Eastmond.
The officer has left behind his wife and 6-month-old child.