Man accused of shooting Georgia police officer working his first shift in custody

26-year-old leaves behind wife, 6-month-old

The SOG SWAT took Damien Ferguson into custody without incident. (Copyright 2021 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

ALAMO, Ga. – A man accused of shooting a Georgia police officer has been arrested, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Sunday.

Damien Ferguson, 43, was taken into custody and the GBI was expected to give more information during a Sunday evening news conference.

Officer Dylan Harrison was shot and killed outside his Middle Georgia police station Saturday while working his first shift with the Alamo Police Department, authorities said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Harrison, 26, was working his first shift as a part-time officer with the Alamo Police when he was shot around 1 a.m. The shooting happened in Wheeler County, about 90 miles southeast of Macon and about 124 miles west of Savannah.

At a Saturday afternoon news conference, GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons said Harrison was survived by his wife and their 6-month-old baby. Ammons said Harrison also worked full-time with the Oconee Drug Task Force in nearby Dodge County and had been in law enforcement since 2018.

A manhunt for Ferguson, who goes by “Luke”, began after the shooting and a $17,500 reward was being offered for information leading to his capture.

Tributes poured in as news of Harrison’s death spread.

“Our sincerest thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Dylan Harrison who was killed in the line of duty last night in Alamo,” Telfair County Sheriff Sim Davidson wrote 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 the Officer Down Memorial Page that tracks law enforcement deaths. In January, Alamo Police Officer Arturo Villegas died from COVID-19 complications.

Gov. 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 Georgia officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, but nearly two dozen more have died from COVID, according to the memorial page. Seven Georgia officers were killed in the line of duty in 2020.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the GBI at 1-800-597-8477 or submit tips to the agency’s website.

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