Investigation underway after Georgia police officer fatally shot

Officer Dylan Harrison (Telfair County Sheriff Sim Davidson)

ALAMO, Ga. (AP) – The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the killing of a Georgia police officer who was shot in the line of duty early Saturday.

Few details have been released, but the GBI said the victim is an officer from the Alamo Police Department. GBI spokeswoman Natalie Ammons confirmed the officer was working when he was shot, but it wasn’t immediately clear if authorities made any arrests.

The shooting happened in Wheeler County, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southeast of Macon and about 124 miles (199 kilometers) west of Savannah.

Several law enforcement agencies identified the officer killed as Dylan Harrison, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Tributes poured in as news of Harrison’s death spread.

“Our sincerest thoughts, prayers, and condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Dylan Harrison who was killed in the line of duty last night in Alamo,” Telfair County Sheriff Sim Davidson wrote in a Facebook post. “We are sincerely grateful for his service.”

Harrison was the first Alamo officer killed in the line of duty, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page that tracks law enforcement deaths. In January, Alamo Police Officer Arturo Villegas died from COVID-19 complications.

Gov. Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Safety sent condolences to the officer’s family and colleagues in tweets on the social media site Twitter.

“May God continue to be with all who protect and serve,” Kemp wrote.

At least five Georgia officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, but nearly two dozen more have died from COVID, according to the memorial page. Seven Georgia officers were killed in the line of duty in 2020.

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