Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Green Beret killed by SEALs after he uncovered alleged theft

Now those two Navy SEALs are under investigation for killing Melgar-an investigation, first reported by The New York Times, sending shockwaves throughout the special-operations community.

CNN has not independently verified the information in Saturday's article, which the Daily Beast attributes to "five members of the special-operations community who were not cleared to speak publicly".

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is probing the June 4 death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar and whether the elite sailors were responsible.

Melgar later turned up dead.

The New York Times was the first to report that the SEALs were under investigation for Melgar's death at a U.S. government compound near the American embassy in Bamako, the capital.

But an autopsy reportedly found no drugs or alcohol in his system.

Melgar had informed his wife, Michelle, he was troubled about two of his partners selected for an intelligence operation in Mali, according to The Daily Beast.

The Lubbock, Tex., graduate pledged to tell her more about when he returned home, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

In a panic the SEALs attempted to open an airway in Melgar's throat, officials said. 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". He was rushed to a French clinic in Mali by another Green Beret and the two SEALs, but was already dead on arrival.

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 two SEALs at the center of the investigation were quickly flown out of Mali following the indicent and have been placed on administrative leave, according to The Daily Beast. They told superiors that Melgar was drunk during hand-to-hand fighting exercises known as "combatives".

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death remained secret until October 29, when the New York Times reported that NCIS took on the probe from AFRICOM on September 25.

Brig. Gen Donald Bolduc, who is the Commander of the Special Ops Command-Africa, was allegedly skeptical of the SEALs stories and the initial reports about Melgar's death, and told commanders in Mali to preserve any evidence.

He graduated from Texas Tech in 2006, and enlisted in the Army in 2012 as an off-the-street Special Forces recruit.

Melgar, a 34-year-old Texan, deployed to Afghanistan twice.

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