CNN reports that the Pentagon has directed the Army to open a criminal investigation into the death of former NFL star Pat Tillman.
An inspector general ordered the Army Criminal Investigative Division to determine if Tillman’s death resulted from negligent homicide, sources said.
Initial reports after his death said Tillman, 27, was shot and killed by Taliban forces during an ambush on April 22, 2004. An investigation later revealed that fellow soldiers shot Tillman, thinking he was part of an enemy force firing at them.
CNN notes “The investigation process will not necessarily result in any charges against U.S. soldiers.”