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Benton County Sheriff Jeff Van Arsdall announced on Friday the death of Paul Lancaster, a patrol deputy who first joined the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in 2016.

“BCSO expresses its deepest sympathies to Deputy Lancaster’s family and friends on their loss, and mourns the loss of a friend and colleague,” Van Arsdall wrote in a press release. “We’re very grateful for everyone’s kindness during this difficult time.”

Van Arsdall did not elaborate on any possible circumstances related to Lancaster’s death, saying only that he was found deceased in his Albany home in the early morning hours on Thursday.

Lancaster joined the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in January 2016 as a reserve deputy sheriff. In October 2017, he was hired full-time as a jail deputy and in March 2019, he transferred to the patrol division.

“We have no further statements or information to release at this time,” Van Arsdall wrote. “We ask that the privacy of Deputy Lancaster’s family be respected at this time.”