Suspect in shooting of Ga. deputy served in Iraq

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Posted: Oct 24, 2011 5:39 PM
Suspect in shooting of Ga. deputy served in Iraq

Military officials said a Tennessee Army National Guard soldier accused of killing a sheriff's deputy, then committing suicide, had previously served in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division.

Spc. Christopher Michael Hodges served with the division based at Fort Stewart between 2005 and 2009 and deployed to Iraq in 2007-2008. Hodges was training at Fort Gordon in Augusta when police said he gunned down Richmond County Sheriff's Deputy James Paugh before committing suicide on the side of a highway on Sunday.

A statement from the Tennessee National Guard said Hodges joined the Guard in Tennessee in February after serving two years in the Georgia Army National Guard.