The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the family of this brave officer.
Deputy Sheriff James “JD” D. Paugh, 47
Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia
October 23, 2011 – Deputy JD Paugh had just signed off-duty and was on his way home at 1:30 a.m., when he saw a car sitting on the shoulder of the roadway. He stopped to offer his assistance to the motorist and, as he put down the kickstand on his police motorcycle, the driver of the car opened fire with a M-4 rifle. The suspect fired 30 rounds at the deputy, striking him nine times. Deputy Paugh was able to return fire, wounding the suspect in the arm; however, the officer succumbed to his wounds. The suspect committed suicide at the scene.
Deputy Paugh is survived by his son, mother, and brother.