On Saturday, a Georgia police officer was shot and killed while working his first shift, leaving a wife and a 6-month-old kid behind.
At a press conference, Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Natalie Ammons said Dylan Harrison, 26, was shot and killed outside the Alamo police station around 1 a.m. Saturday.
Harrison, a Dudley native, was killed while working his first part-time shift with the Alamo Police Department. According to investigators, he had been working in law enforcement since 2018 and was also a full-time employee of the GBI narcotics task force in Eastmond.
Law authorities did not provide any information on what led to the shooting, but they did name a suspect: Damian Ferguson, 43, also known as Luke Ferguson.
A $17,500 reward has been offered by the GBI for any information leading to Ferguson’s arrest. Authorities also issued a nationwide “blue alert,” which warns of a suspect on the loose who has slain an officer and may pose a threat to the public.
“Anyone with information on Ferguson’s whereabouts, or any other information you believe may be relevant to this investigation,” Ammons stated.
She stated that the probe is still “quite active.”
Officials said Harrison’s body was sent to a GBI crime lab for an autopsy.
In a tweet on Saturday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp expressed his condolences to Harrison’s family and the Alamo police department.
“One of our law enforcement officers in Middle Georgia was killed in the line of duty early this morning,” he stated. “Our thoughts and prayers are with this officer’s family, friends, and Alamo Police Department coworkers.”
The Georgia Department of Public Safety expressed its sadness over the officer’s death in a tweet, saying it was “truly grieved” and offering “thoughts and prayers to the Officer’s family, blood and blue.”