Cop Ambushed and Killed on First Shift in Retaliation Over Arrest: Police

A police officer was killed in what the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has called an "ambush-style" retaliation attack during his first shift, according to reports.

Dylan Harrison, 26, from Dudley, Georgia, had been working his first shift with the Alamo Police Department when he was shot and killed at about 1 a.m. on Saturday.

GBI investigators said Harrison was allegedly killed over a confrontation that happened near the precinct a few hours earlier, ABC News reported.

Following a 38-hour manhunt, officers said they had arrested Damien Ferguson, 43, from Alamo, Georgia.

A Georgia Department of Public Safety Facebook post shared on Sunday said: "This afternoon, less than one mile from where Alamo Police Officer Dylan Harrison was murdered, the State of Georgia Special Weapons and Tactical Team (SWAT) took Damien Ferguson into custody without incident.

"Intel provided by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshals Service was instrumental in capturing Ferguson. This apprehension is an example of a collaborative effort among local, state, and federal authorities."

Ferguson has since been charged with murder and aggravated stalking.

Lindsay Wilkes, a special agent in charge of the GBI, told the network that officer Harris had come into contact with an associate of Ferguson after the man allegedly committed a traffic violation.

He added Harrison had used his Taser on the suspect after the man allegedly didn't comply with his orders and then arrested him.

Wilkes told ABC News: "It is believed that the ambush-style attack on officer Harrison was retaliation for the incident and the arrest of the man Friday night."

Numerous police forces across the country paid tribute to officer Harrison after learning about his death.

Early this morning, one of our law enforcement officials in Middle Georgia was killed in the line of duty. 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.

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

In a Saturday Facebook post, a McRae-Helena Police Department spokesperson shared a picture of Harrison and his family.

The post added: "Officer Dylan Harrison formerly of Cochran PD, and Middle Georgia State University was ambushed and killed in Alamo last night.

"He leaves behind a wife and 6 month old. I pray the suspect is caught soon and justice is quick. My deepest sympathy for his friends, colleagues, and family."

Georgia Governor Brian P. Kemp also paid tribute to officer Harrison in a Saturday tweet, which read: "Early this morning, one of our law enforcement officials in Middle Georgia was killed in the line of duty.

"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."

Dylan Harrison was killed while on shift
Dylan Harrison (left) was killed while working on his first shift and Damien Ferguson (right) has been charged with murder. Telfair County Sheriff Sim Davidson/ Georgia Department of Public Safety