ALAMO (Ga.) — An officer with Georgia’s police force was shot and killed outside a station on Saturday morning, according to authorities.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Officer Dylan Harrison, 26, was fatally shot outside the Alamo Police Department by Damien Anthony Ferguson. Ferguson, 43, remained on the loose Saturday night, despite the launch of a large manhunt.
Officials did not immediately say what prompted the shooting in Wheeler County, about 90 miles southeast of Macon.
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“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.
Tributes pour in for Harrison, a Laurens County resident who is survived by his 6-month-old son and wife.
” Our sincerest condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the family, friends, and co-workers who lost Officer Dylan Harrison in the line of duty in Alamo,” Telfair County Sheriff SimDavidson posted on Facebook. We are grateful for his services. “
Harrison was Alamo’s first officer to be killed in the line-of-duty, according the Officer down Memorial Page which tracks deaths of law enforcement officers. In January, Alamo Police Officer Arturo Villegas died from COVID-19 complications.
Early this morning, one of our law enforcement officials in Middle Georgia was killed in the line of duty. We send our condolences to the family and friends of this officer, as well as colleagues from Alamo Police Department.
May God continue to be with all who protect and serve.
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) October 9, 2021
Gov. Brian Kemp and Georgia Department of Public Safety have sent condolences via tweets to the family and colleagues of the officer.
” God bless all those who serve and protect us,” Kemp wrote.
At least five Georgia officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, and nearly two dozen more have died from Covid-19, according to the memorial page. Seven Georgia officers were killed in the line of duty in 2020.