The Georgia Bureau of Investigation announced Sunday that Damien Anthony Ferguson, 43, has been arrested following a major investigation. No further details were released, and officials said they plan to hold a news conference later in the day.
Ferguson shot and killed Dylan Harrison, 26, outside the Alamo Police Department on Saturday, officials said. Officials did not say what caused the shooting in Wheeler County, 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Macron.
According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, GBI spokeswoman Natalie Emmons told a news conference, “Officer Harrison was a part-time Almo police officer who was working with the department in his first shift last night. Harrison was also a full-time Okinawa Drug Task Force agent in nearby Dodge County.
Harrison lived in Lawrence County and is survived by his wife and their 6-month-old son.
“Our sincere thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Dylan Harrison,” Telfair County Sheriff Sim Davidson wrote in a Facebook post. “We are deeply grateful for their service.”
According to Officer Down Memorial Page, Harrison was the first law enforcement officer to be killed in the line of duty. In January, Alamo police officer Arturo Valigas died of COVID-19 complications.
Government Brian Camp and the Georgia Department of Public Safety took to Twitter to offer condolences to the officer’s family and colleagues.
“God be with those who protect and serve,” Camp wrote.