A comrade who served next to Pat Tillman in combat recently said that he thinks he may be the one who shot Pat Tillman in a round of friendly fire. Pat Tillman is famous for having left the NFL and a $3.6 million contract in order to serve his country after September 11, 2001. Pat Tillman’s family was originally told that he had been shot by enemy forces while charging up a hill, but it was later discovered that he was shot by friendly fire. Former Army Ranger Steven Elliott spoke about the events of April 22, 2004 and thinks that he may have been the one who shot Pat Tillman during the events of that day.
Nearly a decade since the tragic death of Army Ranger and former NFL star Pat Tillman due to friendly fire, one of Tillman’s comrades has admitted he could have been the one who fired the fatal shots.
According to ESPN.com and Outside the Lines reporter Mike Fish, former Army Ranger Steven Elliott spoke out for the first time since the incident in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004.
“It is possible, in my mind, that I hit him,” Elliott said.
Tillman famously left behind a $3.6 million NFL contract to fight for his country after the events of Sept. 11. There is a great deal of mystery surrounding Tillman’s untimely death, and the case has never been definitively solved.
The Army initially told Tillman’s family he was killed by enemy fire while charging up a hill to protect fellow Army Rangers. Shortly after his funeral, it was revealed that the Army had investigated Tillman’s death and determined he was killed by his own men.
Although Elliott doesn’t know with certainty whether he was responsible, the circumstances surrounding the accident suggest he may have been the one who inadvertently shot Tillman:
“You aim at a point, and you fire a burst. You are holding your trigger for a fraction of a second, but that fraction of a second releases three to five rounds. If it looked like you had (three) rounds and very close to one another, well, that was very consistent to how I was firing my weapon at that point. … It would be disingenuous for me to say there is no way my rounds didn’t kill him, because my rounds very well could have.”