A 26-year-old police officer in Georgia was shot dead during his first shift early Saturday morning, investigators said.
Dylan Harrison was shot around 1 a.m. outside the Alamo police station and his alleged killer remains at large, Natalie Ammons, spokeswoman for the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI), said during a news conference Saturday afternoon.
The part-time officer leaves behind a wife and a six-month-old baby, Ammons said, adding that Harrison also worked as a full-time Oconee Drug Task Force agent in Eastman, Georgia.
His body was sent to the GBI Crime Lab on Saturday for an autopsy, she said. Investigators had not released any details on what led to the fatal shooting Saturday night.
A blue warning was issued to the man suspected of the shooting, 43-year-old Damien Anthony Ferguson, she said. Blue warnings are issued when someone accused of injuring or killing a police officer has not been arrested.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police by calling 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), she said.
“At present, this study is very active,” she added. “The most important thing is to take the suspect into custody.”
Tribute poured in to the slain officer and his family on Saturday.
“Early this morning, one of our law enforcement officers in Central Georgia was killed during duty. Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer’s family, friends and colleagues at the Alamo Police Department,” Georgia Governor Brian Kemp wrote on Twitter.
He added, “May God continue with all who protect and serve.”
The Georgia Department of Public Safety wrote, “We are deeply saddened to hear of the loss of the Alamo Police Department’s Officer who was killed in the service early this morning. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to the officer’s family, blood and blue.”
Alamo is a town of nearly 5,000 people about 90 miles southeast of Macon.
In similar news, an officer was killed Monday during a shooting at an Amtrak station in Tuscon, Arizona, during a routine inspection of a train.
“I urge all Tucsonans to join me in praying for the late DEA officer and for the speedy recovery of law enforcement officers,” Tuscon Mayor Regina Romero said in a statement Monday. “I order flags at all city facilities for half staff to honor the brave actions of the deceased and the wounded.”
So far in 2021, there have been at least 340 deaths in the United States, according to Officer Down Memorial Page. At least 45 were shot dead and 16 were killed in car attacks.