Georgia sheriff: deputy was shot at least 9 times

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) -- The Richmond County sheriff says a deputy was shot at least nine times by an Army National Guard soldier who had been firing his assault rifle into traffic, and that the deputy shot the other man in the arm.

The deputy, James Paugh, was killed early Sunday. Sheriff Ronnie Strength said Tuesday that 26-year-old Spc. Christopher Michael Hodges was hit by one of three shots fired by Paugh before killing himself.

Strength says evidence shows Hodges fired 42 rounds, and one of the bullets disabled Paugh's weapon.

Investigators said Monday that Hodges took the rifle from his trunk after his girlfriend made him pull over while he was driving drunk.

Hodges served in the Tennessee National Guard and had been training at Fort Gordon.


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