“On behalf of the Fort Gordon community, I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the families affected by the death of Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputy James Paugh. While restricted in much of what we can say because of the ongoing investigation, we are extremely distressed in knowing that a Fort Gordon student soldier was involved in this tragic incident.
We also extend our condolences to the men and women of the sheriff’s department who selflessly protect our citizens for this tragic loss of a fellow officer. We remain deeply committed to the support of our local civilian law officials throughout the process of this investigation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved during this difficult time.”