Deputy James D. Paugh

Richmond County Sheriff's Office deputy James D. Paugh was fatally shot on the Bobby Jones Expressway near the Fort Gordon exit early Sunday, October 23, 2011. Deputies said Army Spc. Christopher Michael Hodges, 26, fatally shot Paugh before taking his own life.

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Doctor: Changes in program could have saved deputy's life

Recent proposed changes in the Army Substance Abuse Program's oversight could have saved the life of a Richmond County sheriff's deputy, a former Army psychiatrist said.
By Travis Highfield | Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Doctor says military failed soldier who killed police officer

An Army psychiatrist said Friday that he repeatedly warned Fort Gordon commanders of the dangers of a soldier who ended up shooting and killing a Richmond County sheriff’s deputy before killing ...
By Wesley Brown | Friday, May 15, 2015

Fallen officers honored at luncheon

Thirty-eight law enforcement officers from Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties killed in the line of duty were honored during a Wednesday luncheon for Peace Officer Memorial Day.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Shootings of officers on the rise

The fatal shootings of two Augusta-area police officers in 2011, followed by a third in January, reflect a nationwide trend.
By Bianca Cain Johnson and Walter C. Jones | Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012

Hundreds honor slain officer

Hundreds came out to Carolina Ale House on Tuesday night to celebrate the life of Richmond County Deputy James "J.D." Paugh, who was killed in the line of duty a year ago.
By Summer Moore | Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012

Bike ride honors slain deputy

One year after JD Paugh was killed on his way home from a special duty assignment, hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts gathered at Crazy Turks Pizza to pay tribute to the man who loved to ride.
By Summer Moore | Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012

Year was tough for family of slain deputy

Tuesday will mark the anniversary of the night Richmond County Sheriff's Deputy James "JD" Paugh was killed by a gunman.
By Summer Moore | Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012

D.C. event recognizes slain officers

Family and co-workers of slain Richmond County deputy James D. Paugh and Aiken Public Safety officer Scotty Richardson will head to Washington, D.C., to participate in various events focused on ...
By Summer Moore | Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Paugh added to officers' memorial

Richmond County Deputy James D. Paugh, who was shot and killed Oct. 23 when he stopped his motorcycle to investigate a suspicious vehicle, was remembered and recognized Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Paugh's bike delivered to museum

The motorcycle of fallen Deputy James D. Paugh was delivered Friday to the Augusta Museum of History, where it will be part of an exhibit on local law enforcement history.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, March 9, 2012

Teams help officers deal with trauma

Experts are working to help officers who live through shootings or witness the death of a colleague get through it and get back on the job.
By Steve Crawford | Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012

Training focuses on safety

There is one unwritten rule that every police officer knows: “Make sure you go home at the end of your shift.” Sadly, not every officer is able to comply.
By Steve Crawford | Friday, Feb. 17, 2012

Donation in honor of Paugh

The Shield Club of Augusta donated more than $20,000 Tuesday to the sheriff's offices in Richmond and Columbia counties in memory of a deputy killed last year in the line of duty.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

Sheriff's office to get 14 armor vests

Fourteen body armor vests for deputies will be ordered this year in memory of fallen Richmond County Deputy J.D. Paugh.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Monday, Jan. 16, 2012

Paugh's family still struggling

Outside a modest house at the end of a short driveway in Hephzibah hangs a blue-and-white wreath. Each car in the driveway proudly displays a thin blue line decal.
By Summer Moore | Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011

2 events to honor slain deputy

Two events are in the works to honor the memory of slain Richmond County sheriff's Deputy James D. Paugh.
By Kyle Martin | Monday, Nov. 7, 2011

Commission supports Paugh memorial interchange

Augusta Commission members gave the go-ahead Tuesday to renaming a Bobby Jones Expressway interchange for Richmond County sheriff's Deputy James D. Paugh, who was gunned down during a routine ...
By Susan McCord | Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

Editorial: Don't ask why

Famed psychiatrist Viktor Frankl suggested that we not ask questions of life anyway - rather, that we seek to understand what life is asking of us and respond accordingly.
By Augusta Chronicle Editorial Staff | Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011

Friends, family of Paugh share thoughts

"I've never seen so many people stand up for one person," said Amanda Creech, the wife of a Richmond County Sheriff's Office motorcycle deputy. "This always happens somewhere else. It's not ...
By Meg Mirshak and Tracey McManus | Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011

Thousands gather to say goodbye

Deputy James D. Paugh gave his life while protecting the public, and on Thursday those he served and those he never met lined the streets of Augusta for his funeral procession.
By Tracey McManus and Meg Mirshak | Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011
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