A Georgia police officer was shot and killed while working his first shift on Saturday, leaving a wife and 6 -month -old baby.
Dylan Harrison, 26, was shot and killed outside the Alamo police station around 1 a.m. Saturday, 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 at the Alamo Police Department when he was killed. He has been working in law enforcement since 2018 and also works full -time on the GBI drug task force in Eastmond, authorities said.
Law enforcement did not provide details about what led to the shooting, but they did name one suspect: 43-year-old Damian Ferguson, who also passed Luke Ferguson.
The GBI offered a $ 17,500 reward for any information leading to Ferguson’s arrest. Authorities also issued a statewide “blue alert,” issued as a warning the suspect to loosely kill an officer and could be dangerous to the community.
“Anyone with information about Ferguson’s whereabouts or any information that you think may be relevant to this investigation should contact us,” Ammons said.
The investigation will remain “very active,” he said.
Harrison’s body was taken to a GBI crime lab for an autopsy, officials added.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp offered condolences to Harrison’s family and the Alamo police department in a tweet Saturday
“Early this morning, one of our law enforcement officers in Central Georgia was killed in the line of duty,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends, and colleagues of this officer at the Alamo Police Department.”
The Georgia Department of Public Safety said in a tweet it was “extremely saddened” by the officer’s death, sending “thoughts and prayers to the Officer’s family, blood and blue.”