PHOENIX -- The military has completed an investigation into
former NFL star Pat Tillman's death in Afghanistan that aimed to
address concerns raised about whether the Army held back
information, but its findings won't be made public.
"We are not going to release it," said Lt. Col. Pamela Hart,
an Army spokeswoman at the Pentagon.
Then-acting Army Secretary Les Brownlee ordered the new
investigation in mid-November based on questions from the family of
the linebacker-turned-Army Ranger.
The family got a briefing on the inquiry "only a couple of
weeks ago," said Lt. Col. Hans Bush, chief of public affairs for
the Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., which
conducted the latest investigation.
Bush said there was "a degree of satisfaction expressed by the
Patrick Tillman Sr., when asked by The Arizona Republic whether
it was true that the family was satisfied, responded: "No. And I
don't want to talk about it."
The original Army investigation, released May 29, found that
Tillman was shot to death April 22 after a U.S. soldier mistakenly
fired on a friendly Afghan soldier in Tillman's unit, and other
U.S. soldiers then fired in the same direction.
Reports by the Army soon after Tillman's death had suggested
that he was killed by enemy gunfire when he led his team to help
another group of ambushed soldiers.
Tillman, 27, left his position as a starting safety for the
Arizona Cardinals to join the Army after the Sept. 11, 2001,
attacks. He was posthumously promoted from specialist to corporal
and received posthumously a Purple Heart and Silver Star. The
latter is among the military's highest honors, awarded for
gallantry on the battlefield.