Man arrested in death of Georgian officer killed in 1st quarter


ALAMO, Georgia (AP) – Authorities have arrested a man suspected of shooting a Georgian police officer during his first shift with the department.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced on Sunday that Damien Anthony Ferguson, 43, had been taken into custody after a massive manhunt. No further details were disclosed and authorities said they planned to hold a press conference later today.

Authorities said Ferguson shot dead Officer Dylan Harrison, 26, outside the Alamo Police Department early on Saturday. Authorities have not said what sparked the shooting in Wheeler County, about 145 kilometers southeast of Macon.

“Officer Harrison was a part-time Alamo police officer who was on his first shift with the department last night,” GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons said at a press conference, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She said Harrison was also a full-time Oconee Drug Task Force officer in neighboring Dodge County.

Harrison lived in Laurens County and is survived by his wife and 6 month old son.

“Our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Dylan Harrison who was killed in the line of duty last night at the Alamo,” wrote the Sheriff of the Telfair County, Sim Davidson, in a Facebook post. “We are sincerely grateful for his service.”

Harrison was the first Alamo officer killed in the line of duty, according to Officer Down Memorial Page who tracks law enforcement deaths. In January, Alamo police officer Arturo Villegas died of complications from COVID-19.

Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Safety tweeted condolences to the officer’s family and colleagues.

“May God continue to be with all who protect and serve,” Kemp wrote.

At least five Georgian 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 Georgian officers were killed in the line of duty in 2020.


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