ALAMO, Ga. (AP), — Police have arrested a man accused of shooting dead a Georgia police officer during his first shift with that department.
On Sunday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reported that Damien Anthony Ferguson (43 years old) was taken into custody following a massive manhunt. Authorities have not released any further details, but stated that they plan to hold a press conference later in the day.
Police have confirmed that Ferguson shot and killed Officer Dylan Harrison (26), outside Alamo Police Department on Saturday morning. Officials don’t know what caused the shooting at Wheeler County, which is about 90 miles (145km) southeast 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 stated that Harrison was also an Oconee Drug Task Force agent from nearby Dodge County.
Harrison, who lived in Laurens County with his wife and 6-month old son, is still living.
“Our sincerest prayers, condolences and thoughts to the family, friends, and co-workers who lost Officer Dylan Harrison in the line of duty last evening in Alamo,” Telfair County Sheriff Sim Sim wrote in a post on Facebook. We are deeply grateful for his services.
According to the Officer down Memorial Page that tracks police deaths, Harrison was the Alamo’s first officer who died 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 shared condolences on Twitter for the family of the officer and their colleagues.
Kemp wrote, “May God continue being with all who serve and protect.”
According to the memorial, Georgia has lost at least five officers in the line of service this year. Nearly two-dozen more were also killed by COVID-19. In 2020, seven Georgia officers were killed while on duty.