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Deputy Sheriff James David Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

Deputy Sheriff

James David "JD" Paugh

Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch: Sunday, October 23, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 47

Tour: 17 years

Badge # T-31

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Committed suicide

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Deputy Sheriff JD Paugh was shot and killed after stopping behind a vehicle on the side of I-520, near Gordon Highway, at approximately 1:20 am.

Deputy Paugh had just gotten off duty and was driving his department motor unit home when he observed a vehicle on the side of the highway. Possibly believing it was disabled, he started to stop his motorcycle behind it. Before he was able to put his kickstand down, a male occupant of the vehicle opened fire with an M4 rifle. Deputy Paugh returned fire three times, wounding the subject in the arm, before his service weapon was struck by a round and disabled.

The subject fired over over 30 rounds at Deputy Paugh, striking him at least nine times. The man then committed suicide before responding units arrived at the scene.

It is believed that the male occupant and his girlfriend were engaged in a domestic dispute at the time Deputy Paugh observed the vehicle and stopped.

Deputy Paugh had served with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office for 17 years. He is survived by his two sons, parents, and three brothers.

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I never officially knew you. But you would never know it. My dad always spoke extremely highly of you. It broke my heart hearing what happened to you that night. To this day I think about you. Every officer I see I make sure I tell them to have a good day and be safe. And every time I see one of you stickers you can bet I take a moment, lay my hand over it, and say a prayer for you, your family, your son, and your friends. We miss you JD. You can rest easy brother. We got it from here.

Sgt Ginger Crosby
GA Dept of Corrections/Child of a Friend
March 3, 2016


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