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Sheriff: National Guardsman Kills Sheriff's Deputy

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - Investigators said a Tennessee National Guardsman training at a Georgia military post shot and killed a sheriff's deputy then committed suicide alongside a busy road.

The sheriff said evidence shows 26-year-old Christopher Michael Hodges fired 35 rounds from his M4 semiautomatic rifle during the incident around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Hodges was at Fort Gordon in Augusta Training with the National Guard.

Paugh was found dead Sunday morning on the side of a road.  Strength said Paugh was off duty and on his way home when he saw a suspicious car on the side of the road.

Authorities said 26-year-old Christopher Michael Hodges, a guardsman based in Tennessee, killed the deputy and then himself. Officials said the soldier had been firing his M4 semiautomatic rifle at passing cars before the deputy was killed.

Investigators also said Hodges and his girlfriend got into a fight earlier in the evening.

"We feel confident he was totally unaware of the domestic altercation that had gone on. He was just checking that car. [He] pulled over his motorcycle and didn't even get to pull down the kickstand on it before the suspect started firing on him," said Sheriff Ronnie Strength Richmond County, Georgia.

The sheriff said Paugh was able to fire two shots from his service weapon before he was killed. Investigators believe Hodges was drunk.

Richmond County Sheriff's Capt. Scott Gay said funeral arrangements were incomplete for Deputy  Paugh.

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

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