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.
This afternoon, less than 1 mile from where Alamo Police Officer Dylan Harrison was murdered, the SOG SWAT took Damien Ferguson into custody without incident. Intel provided by the @GBI_GA & @USMarshalsHQ was instrumental in capturing Ferguson. #gatrooper #DPSSWAT #gsp pic.twitter.com/Vr8B7moK1a
— Georgia Department of Public Safety (@ga_dps) October 10, 2021
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.