A suspect in the shooting death of a Georgia police officer was arrested Sunday when investigators uncovered a potential motive for the killing.
Damien Ferguson, 43, was taken prisoner at his Alamo home and later charged with murdering Dylan Harrison, 26, early Saturday morning while the officer was working his first shift for the Alamo Police Department.
Harrison was shot down outside the station building in what investigators described as an “ambush”.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation revealed Sunday that Harrison was likely murdered in retaliation for arresting a “known employee” of Fergusons across the street from the area Friday night.
Earlier in his shift, Harrison had stopped a man for a traffic offense who then got into a fight with the officer after refusing to disclose his name and identification, GBI said.
The man pushed the officer and resisted arrest, prompting Harrison to discharge his Taser, investigators said.
GBI said the man was eventually arrested and jailed.
Investigators did not further elaborate on the connection between Ferguson and the man arrested outside the area.
Harrison, a native of Dudley, worked part-time with the Alamo Police Department.
He had been working in law enforcement since 2018 and was also employed full-time by the GBI drug group in Eastmond, authorities said.
The officer leaves behind a wife and a 6-month-old baby.