Officials: Soldier kills deputy, then self in Ga.

By The Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Officials say the sheriff’s deputy killed by a National Guardsman in Georgia was an avid motorcycle rider who would cook turkey for his fellow deputies for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Richmond County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Gay says funeral arrangements were incomplete for 47-year-old deputy James D. Paugh. Paugh was found dead Sunday morning on the side of a road.

Authorities say 26-year-old Christopher Michael Hodges, a guardsman based in Tennessee, killed the deputy and then himself. Gay says Hodges fired 35 rounds in all. He says the soldier had been firing his M4 semiautomatic rifle at passing cars before the deputy was killed.

Hodges was on temporary duty at Fort Gordon in eastern Georgia for training. He lived in Millington, Tenn., about 15 miles from Memphis.