A A Georgia police officer was shot dead on Saturday while on his first shift, leaving a woman and a 6-month-old child.

Police officer Dylan Harrison, 26, was shot dead outside the Alamo police station around 1 a.m., Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Natalie Ammons told reporters. Harrison had been in law enforcement since 2018 but was working his first part-time shift at the GBI when the shooting occurred.

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Police named Damian Ferguson, 43, a suspected shooter and offered a $ 17,500 reward for any information leading to his arrest.

“Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Ferguson or information that you think may be relevant to this investigation should contact us,” said Ammons. She added that the investigation remains “very active”.

Police also issued a nationwide “blue alert” signaling to the public that a suspect who killed an officer is at large and may pose a threat to the community.

Harrison’s body was taken to the GBI crime lab for autopsy.

“We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of the Alamo Police Department officer who was killed on duty earlier this morning. We send our thoughts and prayers to the family of the Officer Blood and Blue, ”tweeted the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp also tweeted his condolences on Harrison’s death.

“Early in the morning one of our law enforcement officers in Central Georgia was killed on duty,” he said. “Our thoughts and prayers go with the family, friends, and colleagues of this Alamo Police officer.”

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A GoFundMe has been launched for the Harrison family that has raised over $ 13,000 by Sunday afternoon.

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