WASHINGTON — The Navy is investigating whether or not two members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Staff Six killed an Military Inexperienced Beret in Mali in June, a US official advised CNN Sunday.
Naval Felony Investigative Service spokesman Ed Buice confirmed to CNN the NCIS investigation into the demise of Military Employees Sgt. Logan J. Melgar.
Melgar was a Particular Forces Engineer Sergeant, in response to a press release from the US Military Particular Command.
Army officers advised CNN that a army examiner dominated Melgar’s demise whereas on task within the African nation of Mali as a murder.
A US official informed CNN jurisdiction for the investigation shifted from the Military investigation service to the Navy in September. The official stated the switch of jurisdiction signifies that Navy personnel are topics of the investigation.
The New York Occasions was the primary to report that two members of SEAL Workforce Six have been beneath investigation for Melgar’s dying, saying his demise was brought on by strangulation at a US authorities compound close to the American embassy in Bamako, the capital.
Michelle Melgar, the sufferer’s spouse, has been notified her husband’s method of demise was a murder, the official stated.
She advised CNN: “I ask for privateness throughout this time — I hope that you’ll permit me to inform my story once I’m prepared. I knew him greatest — he was my greatest pal. It’s all so new — I’m sorry.”
Melgar, a local of Lubbock, Texas, enlisted within the US Military in 2012 and commenced Particular Forces coaching in 2013, based on the US Military Particular Command assertion. He served two deployments to Afghanistan.
The report of the mysterious dying and ensuing murder investigation comes because the US undergoes heightened scrutiny about its army position Africa following the demise of 4 US service members in Niger earlier this month.
Melgar was a member of the third Particular Forces Group, which is the first unit answerable for Military particular operations in northwest Africa, together with Mali and Niger. The 4 American troopers killed in Niger earlier this month have been a part of the identical group.