A Georgia police officer and father to a baby girl was shot and killed on the first day on the force early Saturday morning, and authorities are warning fellow officers that his killer is still on the loose.
Alamo Police Officer Dylan Harrison, 26, who leaves behind a wife and 6-month-old daughter, was fatally shot outside of the department’s police station at around 1 am.
The cop had just started his first shift ever for the Alamo Police Department part-time after beginning his career in law enforcement back in 2018 as a full-time Oconee Drug Task Force Agent, according to Fox 13.
Meanwhile, law enforcement officials say the suspected gunmen, 43-year-old Damien ‘Luke’ Anthony Ferguson, is still armed and dangerous to police, with authorities issuing a Blue Alert in an effort to safely capture him.
Pictured: Alamo Police Officer Dylan Harrison was fatally shot outside of the department’s police station at around 1 am
Harrison, pictured right leaves behind a wife, pictured left and 6-month-old daughter, center
The outlet reports that deputies describe Ferguson as 5-foot-10 and around 215 pounds, with short black hair and brown eyes.
The investigation has been joined by several local and state law enforcement agencies.
Anyone with information should contact the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477). Anyone who sees him should call 911 immediately and not approach.
GBI Special Agent in Charge Lindsey Wilkes said law enforcement are offering a reward of $17,000 for information leading to Ferguson’s arrest.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp offered a statement on the tragedy in a tweet Saturday afternoon.
Law enforcement officials warn the suspected gunmen, 43-year-old Damien ‘Luke’ Anthony Ferguson, pictured, is still armed and dangerous to police
‘Early this morning, one of our law enforcement officials in Middle Georgia was killed in the line of duty,’ Kemp wrote on Twitter.
‘Our thoughts and prayers are with this officer’s family, friends, and colleagues at the Alamo Police Department. May God continue to be with all who protect and serve.’
The sheriff of nearby Telfair County, Sim Davidson, expressed similar condolences.
‘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,’ Sheriff Davidson wrote in a Facebook post.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp offered a statement on the tragedy in a tweet Saturday afternoon
‘We are sincerely grateful for his service.’
Harrison was the first Alamo police officer to be killed in the line of duty, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which reports on deaths in law enforcement.
However, Alamo Police Officer Arturo Villegas died from COVID-19 earlier this year, one of nearly two dozen Georgia police officers to have died from coronavirus, Fox 13 reports.
This year alone, at least five Georgia police officers have been killed in the line of duty, while seven Georgia officers were killed in the line of duty last year, according to the Officer Down webpage.