Suspect arrested in shooting of Georgia police officer working first shift

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A suspect was arrested Sunday in the shooting of a police officer who was killed while working his first shift at a department in rural Georgia, authorities said.

The man, Damien Ferguson, 43, was arrested at his home on suspicion of murder in the killing of Alamo Police Officer Dylan Harrison, 26, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said.

Lindsey Wilkes, the special agent in charge of the bureau's office in Eastman, said at a news conference that the shooting occurred after an "altercation" at a Circle K gas station across the street from the police department in Alamo, about 90 miles southeast of Macon.

Harrison used his stun gun on a man who had been involved in a traffic violation and didn't comply with the officer's orders, Wilkes said.

Wilkes didn't identify the man or provide additional details about his noncompliance, but she said he was "associated" with Ferguson.

"It is believed the ambush-style attack on Officer Harrison was in retaliation for the incident," she said.

Harrison was working his first shift as a part-time officer with the Alamo Police Department when he was shot outside the station early Saturday, authorities said.

Harrison, who is survived by his wife and an infant son, also worked on a drug task force in Dodge County and for the fire department in Savannah, NBC affiliate WXIA of Atlanta reported.

"He was a husband, a son and more importantly, a father of a 6-month-old boy," Alamo Police Chief Karen Zanders said at a news conference. "His life was taken from him for simply doing his job."

It was unclear whether Ferguson had retained an attorney.

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