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Georgia police officer shot and killed on his first department shift

26-year-old police officer Dylan Harrison was shot and killed early Saturday morning while working his first shift for the Alamo Police Department in Wheeler County, Georgia, authorities said.

Harrison, who was also a full-time Oconee Drug Task Force agent in Eastman, Georgia, leaves behind a wife and a 6-month-old child. The GBI identified the suspect as 43-year-old Luke Ferguson of Alamo. The agency is offering a $17,500 reward for information leading to Ferguson’s arrest.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is searching for a suspect, said spokesperson Natalie Ammons at a Saturday news conference. Authorities didn’t elaborate about what led to the shooting [The Hill].

The GBI has issued a “blue alert” for 43-year-old Damien Anthony Ferguson, who also goes by Luke Ferguson, in connection with the incident. A blue alert is issued when a suspect who has seriously injured or killed an officer has not been apprehended and may pose a serious threat to the public.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) expressed his condolences on Saturday. “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,” Kemp tweeted. “May God continue to be with all who protect and serve” [CNN].

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: DAILY ADVENT

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