NATION IN BRIEF
Tillman's Death Raised Suspicions of Army Doctors
SAN FRANCISCO -- Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether his death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.
Tillman, an Army Ranger and former pro football player, was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004. The doctors who examined his body said the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared Tillman was cut down by an M-16 fired from just 10 yards or so away.
Eventually, the Pentagon conducted a criminal investigation and ruled that Tillman's death at the hands of his comrades was a friendly-fire accident.
The medical examiners' suspicions were included in documents released to the AP by the Defense Department in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
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