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.