Green Beret discovered SEALs' illicit cash. Then he was killed
13 November, 2017, 20:21 | Author: Valerie Burke
Melgar later turned up dead.
However, the SEALs apparently didn't realize that an autopsy would determine if alcohol or drugs were found in Melgar's system.
Shortly before his death, Melgar told his wife, Michelle, that he had a bad feeling about the two SEALs on the operation with him, according to an official, who spoke to The Daily Beast on the condition of anonymity.
Melgar, who was a staff sergeant in the Army's Third Special Forces Group, had been living in Bamako, Mali, for a few months at the time of his death.
And five members of the special-operations community have now said Melgar's death came after he had discovered the SEALs were pocketing money meant to pay local informants.
Melgar lost consciousness, and stopped breathing - the SEALs attempted to open an airway in Melgar's throat, to no avail. The outlet adds that Melgar's autopsy report was followed by the SEALs' claims that he was "grappling" with them when he ended up in a "chokehold". The SEALs and another Green Beret then drove to a nearby French clinic seeking help, but he was dead prior to arrival due to asphyxiation.
When the body of Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a Green Beret with the Army's 3rd Special Forces Group, was discovered in the diplomatic housing he shared with several other special operations forces in the Malian capital of Bamako, military officials with U.S. Africa Command immediately suspected foul play.
However, the SEALs told superiors that Melgar was drunk during hand-to-hand fight exercises, the Daily Beast reported.
Melgar's cause of death was asphyxiation, according to a defense official familiar with the findings of the medical examiner's report.
How much time elapsed between Melgar's discovery of the scheme and his untimely death is unclear, but the official narrative suggests an altercation between the Green Beret and the SEAL team erupted June 4 at 5am, and quickly escalated. Special Operations Command-Africa chief Brig.
She approached commanders about her concerns regarding his cause of death and allegation that he had been drinking.
The SEALs at the center of the NCIS homicide investigation have not been identified or charged.
The two SEALs were placed on administrative leave, pending investigation, according to the Times, although no charges have been filed.
The investigation was fist reported by the New York Times and has sent shock-waves through the special-op community. In 2016, he completed the Special Forces Qualification course. He served two deployments to Afghanistan.
He graduated from Texas Tech in 2006, and enlisted in the Army in 2012 as an off-the-street Special Forces recruit.
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