Pat Tillman killed by friendly fire

by on May 29th, 2004,0,886765.story?coll=ny-nation-big-pix

Pat Tillman, the pro football player inspired by the Sept. 11 attacks to join the Army, apparently was killed by friendly fire when a fellow soldier mistakenly identified an Afghan fighter accompanying Tillman as the enemy and started shooting, senior defense officials said yesterday.

The Army said Tillman’s April 22 death in Afghanistan did not appear to result from enemy fire as originally reported. The announcement did not cite mistaken identity as the cause; that was later described by a senior defense official.

The Army has closed the investigation without a specific finding of fault but said the “probable” cause of Tillman’s death was friendly fire.

Etalkinghead Staff