Georgia police officer fatally shot on first day with new department; search for suspect underway

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A 26-year-old police officer was fatally shot during his first shift for the Alamo Police Department, and the suspect is still at large, Georgia. officials said on Saturday.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Dylan Harrison was murdered outside the Alamo Police Department at 1:01 a.m. Saturday. There is a $17,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspected killer, who was identified by authorities as 43-year-old Damian Anthony Ferguson, aka Luke Ferguson.

Harrison was working his first shift as a part-time officer for the police department at the Alamo, about 90 miles southeast of Macon. GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons said at a news conference that she was a full-time drug task force agent in Eastman, Georgia. Local news reports said he had been working in law enforcement since 2018, and previously worked as an emergency dispatcher and in a campus police department.

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He leaves behind his wife and 6 months old child. Central Georgia police departments offered condolences in a social media post on Saturday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with this officer’s family, friends and colleagues at the Alamo Police Department,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said in a tweet. “May God be with all those who protect and serve.”

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Harrison was the first Alamo officer killed in the line of duty, according to the Officer Downs Memorial page, which tracks law enforcement deaths. In January, Alamo Police Officer Arturo Villegas died of COVID-19 complications.

A blue alert – a public safety alert for a suspect who has injured or killed a police officer and still poses a danger to the public – was issued for Ferguson.

According to Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ferguson first served time for theft and grievous assault on an officer.

Contribution: Associated Press.



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