He is thought to have been a major figure in the brutal shooting of an officer outside the Georgia police department

Dylan Harrison leaves wife and child six months old.

The search is under way in central Georgia after a police officer was shot dead outside a police department Saturday morning, authorities said.

Dylan Harrison, 26, of Dudley, Georgia, was working for the first time as a temporary unit with the Allo Police department in Wheeler County when he was shot dead at around 1am on Saturday, police said.

Suspected in the shooting, the 43-year-old, Damien Anthony Ferguson of Alou, remains in custody, officials said. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is offering a $ 17,500 reward for information leading to his arrest.

“Currently, this investigation is working,” said Natalie Ammons, GBI’s deputy chief of public and private affairs, at a press conference Saturday afternoon. “The most important thing is to take the keeper in custody.”

The GBI has issued a “blue warning,” a public security alert indicating the search for a suspect who is said to have been killed or seriously injured and unarmed, to Ferguson.

No additional information on the event was provided.

Harrison appears to be Georgia’s fifth highest-ranking official killed in the line of duty this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page, which follows the death of the law.

He was also a full-time representative with the Oconee Drug Task Force in Eastman, Georgia, and has been in legal custody since 2018. He is survived by his wife and six-month-old baby.

Ferguson served eight years in prison after being convicted in Wheeler County on charges involving harassment of a peace officer, the George Department of Corrections reports. Released in 2006.

Officials said Ferguson, aka Luke Ferguson, Black, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and about 215 pounds, with brown eyes and dark hair.

Anyone with information about his or her location or broadcast inquiry can send an anonymous tip by calling 1-800-597-8477 or visiting the GBI website.

ABC News’ Elwyn Lopez provided this report.

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