from: The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Associated Press

Posted: Oct 11, 2021 / 5:43 AM EDT
Updated: October 11, 2021 / 5:43 AM EDT

ALAMO, Georgia (AP) – A Georgia police officer was shot dead outside a police station while on his first shift at the division.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 26-year-old officer Dylan Harrison was shot dead by Damien Ferguson, 43, outside the Alamo Police Department at around 1 a.m. on Saturday.

One of our law enforcement officers in central Georgia was killed on duty earlier this morning. Our thoughts and prayers go with the family, friends, and colleagues of this officer in the Alamo Police Department.

May God continue to be with all who protect and serve.

– Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) October 9, 2021

The suspect stayed in the casual Saturday night despite the start of a massive manhunt.

“A blue alert is a public safety alert that is issued when a suspect has killed or seriously injured an officer and has not been arrested and can pose a serious threat to the public,” said GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons.

GBI issued a warning for the alleged Damien Ferguson, 43, who allegedly killed Harrison. The GBI held a press conference on Saturday afternoon. According to GBI, Harrison was also a full-time agent on the Oconee Drug Task Force in nearby Dodge County.

Image provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

Officials did not immediately say what caused the shooting in Wheeler County, about 90 miles southeast of Macon.

GBI is offering a $ 17,500 reward for information leading to Ferguson’s arrest. GBI encourages anyone with information to call 1-800-597-8477 or submit an online tip.