Fort responds to deputy's death

Monday, Oct. 24, 2011 9:19 AM
Last updated 12:54 PM
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Maj. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, Fort Gordon’s commanding general, issued the following statement on the death of a Richmond County deputy:

“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.”

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Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 10/24/11 - 11:49 am
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Obviously the fort has war

Obviously the fort has war weapons moving in and out of its gates.
What are they going to do about thousands of returning troops who are going to be brisling with weapons and many with PTS?

Waymore
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Waymore 10/24/11 - 12:02 pm
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Do you know for a fact that

Do you know for a fact that this was a military-issued weapon? You are familiar that an M4 can be purchased by the general public, right?

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/24/11 - 12:16 pm
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We need conscription, again.
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We need conscription, again. Too much stress on the present military. My deepest condolences to the Paugh family.

showboat
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showboat 10/24/11 - 12:40 pm
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GIVE US A PICTURE OF THIS
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GIVE US A PICTURE OF THIS GUY!!

greyfox
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greyfox 10/24/11 - 12:40 pm
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You are right Waymore, the

You are right Waymore, the M4's on Ft Gordon are full-automatic and are inventoried twice daily. Full automatic weapons of any sort cannot
be purchased by the general public without a special license.
The M4 used in this incident was a semi-automatic and are available
locally after a background check.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 10/24/11 - 01:01 pm
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Lets hold fire on that charge

Lets hold fire on that charge till we get the facts. If he was a student it means he was either an new trainee, a reclass form another job or an NCO or OBC student.

Lets wait till we get all the facts before we start the gun control talk.

I mean maybe this guy had never even been deployed.

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 10/24/11 - 01:23 pm
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Brad it has been established

Brad it has been established that Hodges served in the war zone more than once. This is a story of his first deployment which is father went with him. Also, according to the Memphis ABC affiliate, his unit in Tennessee was due to again deploy to the Middle East.

http://www.dvidshub.net/news/13739/father-follows-son-war#.TqWeSGAc-aA

From the Memphis ABC story transcripts:
Family and friends are leaving condolences on Facebook. Hodges was in Augusta for military training. His unit is preparing for deployment to the Middle East. Memphis VA Clinical Psychologist Mary Fruit says many soldiers build up anxiety before deployment.

"It depends how many deployments they've had for example. The more exposure you have the more likely you are to have difficulties," said Dr. Fruit. Fruit says being shipped overseas can be especially hard on younger soldiers.

“Most of us who were 18, 19, or 20 years old are still forming our adult identities and to have those kinds of events happening at that young age can, in some cases, have more of an impact,” she said. “Going to war doesn't mean you come back broken or damaged forever but you come back different."

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/24/11 - 01:50 pm
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Different is good, when

Different is good, when different is better.

xpresso1
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xpresso1 10/24/11 - 02:07 pm
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It has not been confirmed

It has not been confirmed that this soldier has ever been deployed..For all anyone knows he could have made the choices on his own that led to the tragic events that he has caused..not just for the Sheriffs Deputy and his family...but for his own family as well. I hate when people start trying to judge before having all the facts...Its a sad sad day no matter what caused or did not cause his actions. My prayers are with Deputy Paugh's family and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement as well as the soldiers at Fort Gordon who are probably just as appalled at his actions. May God send comfort and peace.

Nikki Mabala
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Nikki Mabala 10/24/11 - 04:24 pm
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This man had a family of his

This man had a family of his own and many many friends that are mourning him as well. It is understood that this is a horrible tragedy and our hearts go out to the friends and family of Deputy Paugh.There are many questions that even the closest people to him are asking. This incident was completly out of character! He was a wonderful guy who need i remind ppl also faught for everyone of us and put his life on the line everyday in combat for our country.Please refrain from opinionated bashing at least until more information comes to light. This mans friends and family did nothing as well and are dealing with this loss and the guilt of knowing another innocent life was taken as well.

iLove
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iLove 10/24/11 - 04:40 pm
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If the officer had not been
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If the officer had not been there, who else would have died? Only God knows. I pray for peace for BOTH families and everyone else involved.

IMO IMO IMO IMO

Military = Mind Controlled Robots

Are the current wars even worth it?
Is it ok to kill people?
Is it ok to send the young and underdeveloped human being into battle?
Does this have any affect on their mental state?

You guys KNOW something had to be wrong for the soldier to kill someone who protects and serves just as he does.

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Riverman1 10/24/11 - 05:03 pm
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ILove, the military does not

ILove, the military does not equal "mind controlled robots." The General representing many in the military community is expressing our sorrow at the death of the police officer. That's a little out of place as is some slamming war vets of Vietnam and Iraq.

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fftaz71 10/24/11 - 09:05 pm
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Thanks Riverman. My comments

Thanks Riverman. My comments to iLove couldnt be posted if I tried.

Crime...the soldiers on Fort Gordon only walk around freely with training weapons the active weapons are secured, so the assumption that it went out the gate is most likely not accurate. Not impossible, but not likely either. Also, the M4 Hodges used was not fully auto, it was semiautomatic which suggests he found it elsewhere.

Vito45
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Vito45 10/24/11 - 09:12 pm
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Yes, the gun Hodges had is

Yes, the gun Hodges had is sold in gun stores. It is a good replica of the military version, but not full auto.

Cassandra Harris
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Cassandra Harris 10/24/11 - 09:17 pm
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Yes River - I also refrained

Yes River - I also refrained from posting a response to the very unloving post by iLove because I knew whatever I posted would likely be pulled.

fftaz71 - the gun he used is easy to buy. It was a semiautomatic, but the smallest magazine holds 30 bullets, you can purchase larger magazines that hold more.

xpresso - two posts above your 2:07 you will find my 1:53 that provides evidence that he absolutely served at least one tour of combat and was looking at another deployment. What is not clear is how many he severed in between.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/25/11 - 06:03 am
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This is the job description

This is the job description of an Army aviation specialist, the MOS that Hodges had in Iraq:

http://www.goarmy.com/careers-and-jobs/browse-career-and-job-categories/...

At this time, there is no evidence that Hodges suffered from PTSD or that his deployment had anything to do with this terrible tragedy. It is shocking to me that so many people have expressed opinions that he had PTSD or that what he did was related to his Iraq service.

What is known, at this time, was that he was intoxicated and violent and out of control. That has nothing to do with his military service.

The military is made up of a cross-section of people. It has all kinds of people in it. And it also has all kinds of people with personal issues and problems that are not related to the Army at all.

Then there are statements like this: "What are they going to do about thousands of returning troops who are going to be brisling with weapons and many with PTS?"

"Bristling with weapons"? Puh-LEEZE! All those servicemembers, with very few exceptions, just want to come home, resume their normal lives with their families, and just live their lives in peace. Sheesh.

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