A Georgia police officer was shot dead Saturday while working his first shift, leaving behind his wife and 6-month-old child.
Dylan Harrison, 26, was shot dead outside the Alamo police station at around 1 a.m. Saturday, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. [GBI] spokeswoman Natalie Ammons said at a news conference.
Harrison, a native of Dudley, was working his first part-time shift with the Alamo Police Department when he was murdered. Officials said he had been working in law enforcement since 2018 and was employed full-time with the GBI Drug Task Force in Eastmond.
Law enforcement did not provide details about what led to the shooting, although they have named a suspect: Damien Ferguson, 43, who also goes by Luke Ferguson.
The GBI has offered a reward of $17,500 for any information leading to Ferguson’s arrest. Authorities also issued a statewide “blue alert” as a warning of a suspect who killed an officer and could be a danger to the community.
“Anyone who has information about Ferguson’s whereabouts or any information that you think may be relevant to this investigation should contact us,” Ammons said.
The investigation remains “very active”, she said.
Officials said Harrison’s body was taken to the GBI crime laboratory for post-mortem.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp offers his condolences to Harrison’s family and the Alamo Police Department in a tweet Saturday.
“This morning, one of our law enforcement officers in central Georgia was killed in the line of duty,” he said. “Our condolences and prayers are with this officer’s family, friends and colleagues of the Alamo Police Department.”
Georgia Department of Public Safety said in a tweet It was “deeply saddened” by the officer’s death, sending “thoughts and prayers to the officer’s family, blood and blue”.