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SEAL Choked Green Beret, Witness Reportedly Claims

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Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar. (U.S. Army)

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Nov 2017 09:55 AM

A Navy SEAL allegedly “choked out” the Green Beret who died while on a secret assignment in Mali earlier this year, according to military documents obtained by NBC News.

Two Navy SEALS are being investigated in the death of 34-year-old Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar, who was found dead on June 4 in the embassy housing he shared with other Special Operations forces in the Malian capital, Bamako.

One of those Navy SEALs, Petty Officer Tony DeDolph, told a witness that he "choked [him] out" in the early hours of that fateful day, NBC News reported, citing the documents.

It is also alleged that DeDolph and fellow SEAL Adam Cranston Matthews were out "to get back" at Melgar "after they felt he intentionally tried to evade them while he was driving to a party,” a witness said, per NBC News.

Initial reports said Melgar died while wrestling and grappling with the two SEALs, The New York Times reported.

There have been conflicting reports, with one version revealing that one of the Navy commandos held Melgar in a chokehold, causing him to pass out. After failed attempts to revive Melgar, they rushed him to an emergency clinic where he was pronounced dead.

A later account given by DeDolph, according to Business Insider, said that Melgar was drunk when he was wrestling with the two SEALs at around 4 a.m.

DeDolph told investigators that he and Matthews fell onto Melgar's bed and then realized Melgar was not breathing.

However, a witness has said that DeDolph and Matthews "and possibly other individuals" had used "duct tape" on Melgar, NBC News reported.

The news comes two days after The Daily Beast reported that the SEALs had allegedly been pocketing money from a counterterrorism fund used to pay informants and, when Melgar found out about this, they offered him a cut but he declined.

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