Tue. Aug 9th, 2022

Alamo, Georgia A man accused of killing a police officer in Georgia during his first shift with the department detained him in retaliation for the officer’s arrest of an employee hours earlier, authorities said Sunday night.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation said 43-year-old Damien Anthony Ferguson has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting by Officer Dylan Harrison outside the Alamo Police Department early Saturday.

Harrison 26, has been in law enforcement since 2018, reports CBS Macon-affiliated WMAZ-TV. Prior to becoming a police officer, he had jobs with East Dublin, Georgia Police and an Oklahoma Drug Task Force. Harrison was also a firefighter and paramedic, the station said.

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Dylan Harrison in undated family photo.

WMAZ-TV


On Friday afternoon, Harrison approached a driver in the parking lot of the Circle K convenience store opposite the police department after he observed a traffic offense, authorities said. The driver refused to identify himself and the interaction escalated as the man pushed Harrison. Harrison used his Taser, arrested the man and took him to jail, authorities said.

“It is believed that the assault on Officer Harrison was retaliation for the incident and the arrest of the man,” the agency said in a statement. They did not identify the man.

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This photo, released by the Georgia Department of Public Safety, shows Damien Ferguson after he was arrested on October 10, 2021 in Alamo, Georgia.

Georgia Department of Public Safety via AP


Alamo Police Chief Karen Zanders said at a news conference Sunday: “I have never experienced a grief that I have felt since Officer Dylan Harrison’s life was taken in our small, quiet town.”

“His life was taken from him for simply having done his job,” she added.

Ferguson was arrested Sunday afternoon at his home in Alamo, located in Wheeler County about 90 miles southeast of Macon. A state SWAT team and a division of the US Marshals Service arrested him without incident after a major chase.

He is also charged with aggravated stalking in connection with a previous incident at the home and is in jail in Laurens County, authorities said.

It was not immediately known Sunday whether he has a lawyer to speak on his behalf.

Harrison leaves behind his wife and their 6 month old son.

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