"Friendly Fire" Probe Wanted In Ft. Carson Soldier Deaths

By: Associated Press/KKTV
By: Associated Press/KKTV

Lawmakers want the Army to look into whether two Fort Carson soldiers killed in Iraq died from friendly fire.

The interest in the case by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and two House members comes after a video was posted online showing a chaotic fire fight, raising the possibility the two soldiers were killed by U.S. tank rounds in a "friendly fire" incident in late 2006.

The soldiers, 21-year-old Roger Suarez-Gonzalez of Carson City, Nevada, and 31-year-old Albert Nelson of Philadelphia, had been stationed Fort Carson.

Pennsylvania congressman Chaka Fattah says it is important that the facts of the case are provided to the soldier's families, no matter how painful they may be.

The soldier's families say they were never told by the military that such a video existed.

The Army denies that the families were not shown the video by the military. Army spokesman Paul Boyce says an investigation determined the soldiers were killed by enemy mortar rounds.

11 News has found the shocking and disturbing video on the Internet. It appears to show an American tank firing at the men in a building. Later in the video, you hear them talking about the fact that this may have been friendly fire. They refer to the attack as being from an enemy mortar and say they would go with that story until "We hear different."

But, Army spokesperson Paul Boyce tells 11 News the Army doesn't plan to investigate any further unless new evidence comes forward.

The Army used that same video as evidence in its initial investigation in December of 2006 ... which showed the soldiers did in fact die from enemy fire.

"A detailed ballistic analysis also conclusively showed that all friendly tank rounds fired in engagement hit intended targets and were in fact not a factor in the two soldier deaths," said Boyce.

To watch the video, click on the link below. Please be advised, this video is very graphic and can be considered very disturbing.


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