Man arrested after Ga. police officer fatally shot

In this photo released by Georgia Department of Public Safety, Damien Ferguson is photographed after he was apprehended Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Alamo, Ga. Ferguson is accused of gunning down a Georgia police officer during his first shift with the department Saturday, Oct. 9. Authorities said the ambush was in retaliation for the officer's arrest of an associate of Ferguson's hours earlier. (Georgia Department of Public Safety via AP)

In this photo released by Georgia Department of Public Safety, Damien Ferguson is photographed after he was apprehended Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Alamo, Ga. Ferguson is accused of gunning down a Georgia police officer during his first shift with the department Saturday, Oct. 9. Authorities said the ambush was in retaliation for the officer’s arrest of an associate of Ferguson’s hours earlier. (Georgia Department of Public Safety via AP)

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UPDATED 7:56 AM PT – Monday, October 11, 2021

A suspect in the shooting of a Georgia police officer has been taken into custody. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation reportedly arrested 43-year old Damien Ferguson Sunday for the murder of officer Dylan Harrison.

The suspect was captured less than a mile from the Alamo Police Station, where he allegedly opened fire on Harrison who was working his first shift as a part-time officer.

“He was also a full time Oconee Drug Task Force agent out of Eastman, Georgia. He has been in law enforcement since 2018. Officer Harrison will be taken to the GBI crime lab for autopsy indicator.”

— Natalie Ammons, spokesperson – Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Officials said the suspect’s ambush-style attack was an act of retaliation for an arrest officer Harrison made earlier in the night. The 26-year-old rookie Alamo officer is survived by his wife and 6-month-old baby.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp expressed his condolences, saying his thoughts and prayers are with this officer’s family, friends and colleagues at the Alamo Police Department.

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