Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Dylan Harrison leaves behind a wife and a 6-month-old baby.

A chase is underway in central Georgia after an officer was shot outside his police department early Saturday, authorities said.

Dylan Harrison, 26, of Dudley, Georgia, was working his first shift as a part-time officer with the Alamo Police Department in Wheeler County when he was shot dead around 1 a.m. Saturday, police said.

A suspect in the shooting, 43-year-old Damien Anthony Ferguson from Alamo, is still at large, authorities say. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is offering a $ 17,500 reward for information leading to his arrest.

“At present, this investigation is very active,” Natalie Ammons, GBI’s deputy director of public and state affairs, said during a news conference Saturday afternoon. “The most important thing is to take the suspect into custody.”

The GBI has issued a “blue alarm”, a public safety warning, indicating the search for a suspect who allegedly killed or injured an officer and has not been apprehended, for Ferguson.

No further information was provided about the incident.

Harrison appears to be at least the fifth Georgia officer killed in the service this year, according to Officer Down Memorial Page, which tracks deaths in law enforcement.

He was also a full-time agent with the Oconee Drug Task Force in Eastman, Georgia, and has been in law enforcement since 2018. He leaves behind his wife and 6-month-old baby.

Ferguson was sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted in Wheeler County for charges, including aggravated assault on a peace officer, records from the Georgia Department of Corrections show. He was released in 2006.

Authorities said Ferguson, also known as Luke Ferguson, is black, 5 feet, 10 inches tall and about 215 pounds, with brown eyes and short black hair.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts or shooting research can send an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-597-8477 or visiting GBI’s website.

ABC News’ Elwyn Lopez contributed to this report.

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