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Officer Dylan Harrison, 26, had been in law enforcement since 2018 and had previously worked for the Oklahoma Drug Task Force and the police force in Dublin, Georgia. He was also a paramedic and firefighter. He recently shifted to the Alamo Police Department, approximately 125 miles west of Savannah, and his first shift on the new job began on October 8, 2021. According to 13WMAZ, Officer Harrison stopped a driver for a traffic violation in the parking lot across the street from the police station.
"On Friday night, Officer Dylan Harrison was on duty when he made contact with a man for a traffic violation in the parking lot of the Circle K located across the street from the Alamo Police Department. Officer Harrison asked the man for his name and identification and the man refused," states a press release by the police department. "The man got into a verbal altercation with Officer Harrison, which escalated to the man pushing the officer."
Officer Harrison tried to arrest the driver, but since he wasn't complying, Harrison was forced to use the taser on him. He was promptly arrested and taken to Wheeler County Jail. After the arrest, he carried on with his duty, but on October 9, 2021, at around 1:01 am, Harrison was shot and killed outside the Alamo Police Department. He was shot by 43-year-old Damien Anthony Ferguson, and it is believed that the driver is a known associate of Damien Ferguson.
Meanwhile, GBI Special Agent in Charge, Lindsey Wilkes says Harrison's ambush-style killing was apparently retaliation for the incident that happened earlier that night. "As police chief of Alamo, Georgia, I have never experienced a grief that I have felt since Officer Dylan Harrison’s life was taken in our small, quiet town. Officer Harrison was a husband, a son, and more importantly, the father of a six-month-old boy. His life was taken from him for simply doing his job," said Alamo Police Chief Karen Zanders.
"Despite the sadness that we have endured, I have found a sense of pride in seeing everyone pull together to right this tragic wrong," she added. PEOPLE confirms that Ferguson is currently being held without bond at the Laurens County Jail. He has not yet entered a plea and court records do not reflect an attorney authorized to speak on his behalf. The slain officer is survived by his wife and a six-month-old baby.
"She's struggling," Harrison's sister-in-law, Kayla, told Fox News of Harrison's widow. "It's just unimaginable." His family has set up a GoFundMe to raise money for funeral expenses and to help the widowed wife. "We are looking to raise money so that this family who made the ultimate sacrifice can go to sleep peacefully knowing that they will have financial stability," the GoFundMe page states. "This is the least we can do for a true American hero."