In the pre-dawn hours of Jan. 16, 2008, U.S. forces near Balad, Iraq, detected six suspected al-Qaeda members hiding in field brush. An aerial reaction force of eight soldiers, Team 6 from the 101st Airborne Division, which included Pfc. David H. Sharrett II of Oakton, was dispatched. Operating in the dark, without a rehearsed plan and assuming the insurgents were unarmed, Sharrett ended up being shot by his commanding officer, 1st Lt. Timothy Hanson. Here is how events unfolded.