ALAMO (Georgia) Authorities have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a Georgia police officer. This happened during his first shift at the department.
After a lengthy manhunt, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced that Damien Anthony Ferguson, 43, was taken into custody. Authorities did not release any other information, but they said that they would hold a news conference later in today.
Police have confirmed that Ferguson shot and killed Officer Dylan Harrison (26), outside Alamo Police Department on Saturday morning. Officials are unsure what caused the shooting in Wheeler County. It is located approximately 90 miles (145 km) southeast of Macon.
Officer Harrison was a part-time Alamo police officer working his first shift with the department last night, GBI spokesperson Natalie Ammons said during a news conference, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She also stated that Harrison was a full-time Oconee Drug Task Force Agent in nearby Dodge County.
Harrison was born in Laurens County, and is survived his wife and 6-month-old son.
We send our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the loved ones of Officer Dylan Harrison, who was killed while on duty in Alamo. We are grateful for his services.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Harrison was the first Alamo officer to be killed in the line-of-duty. Arturo Villegas, Alamo Police Officer, died in January from COVID-19 complications.
Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Safety sent condolences via Twitter to the family members and coworkers of the officers.
Kemp wrote that God will continue to be with those who serve and protect.
According to the memorial page, at least five Georgia officers were killed in the line-of-duty this year. Nearly two dozen others have also died from COVID-19. In 2020, seven Georgia officers were killed while on duty.