A former Richmond County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested after an almost eight hour stand off with police.
Jason Cunningham, was wanted in connection with the shooting death of 37 year old Nicole Harrington of Hallandale Beach Florida after she was found dead in a downtown Augusta parking deck.of the Augusta Convention Center around 6 a.m. Thursday morning.
Deputies from Richmond and Columbia counties, Fort Gordon Military Police and the Georgia Department of Public Safety responded to the Pointes West Army Resort near Clarks Hill Lake after Cunningham’s vehicle was spotted there.
The eight-hour-long standoff between authorities and former Richmond County deputy, Jason Cunningham came to an end Thursday evening around 5:30 p.m.
Cunningham worked with the sheriff's office for at least 14 years and was a former employee of ForcesUnited:
The interim CEO and president of ForcesUnited, Victoria Hann made this statement about Cunningham's employment with the company.
"Cunningham is a former employee of ForcesUnited, who handled fundraising and marketing from January 2018 to April 2020. During his tenure, he was dedicated to our mission in serving veterans and very involved in the community. ForcesUnited is a non-profit that serves transitioning military members, veterans, and their families by helping them obtain needed benefits and services, including food, housing, employment, education, and health/wellness initiatives. We are praying for everyone involved in this situation."
New details this morning reveal that Jason "Moose" Cunningham called a RCSO investigator yesterday morning "because he did something really bad last night." He said he was having an affair and met his girlfriend at the Augusta Convention Center parking garage to end it. He said she "became irate," and the two started to argue. He said she was loud, and "he didn't know what to do." It goes on to say he confessed to shooting her in the back of the head as she was getting into the elevator.
There are rumored reports that Cunningham may have attempted suicide at least once before.
Further details reveal that Cunningham, and the deceased victim Nicole HarringtonNicole Harrington were involved in a relationship.
A social media post by a family member of Nicole Herrington says that Cunningham told her that he was divorced and would be moving to Florida to start a life with her.
Nicole Herrington was found dead on the third floor of the Parking Deck at 9th Street and Reynolds Street in Augusta. She was pronounced dead on the scene at 6:40 a.m.Thursday.
Jason Cunningham is in police custody and will be charged with murder.
Jason "Moose" Cunningham