Army Investigators: 'Captain Clark was not shot'

Soldier died in Afghanistan while Skyping with his wife

An Army soldier who died in Afghanistan while video-chatting with his wife was not shot, the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command said Monday in a statement.

Capt. Bruce Clark died on May 1 while chatting with his wife via Skype from Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan. Clark's family said in a statement that he suddenly collapsed, and that a bullet hole was visible behind him.

"Clark was suddenly knocked forward," the statement said. "The closet behind him had a bullet hole in it. The other individuals, including a member of the military, who rushed to the home of CPT Clark's wife also saw the hole and agreed it was a bullet hole."

However, Army investigators said Monday there was no evidence that Clark was shot.

"We express our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow Soldiers of Captain Bruce Clark who recently died in Afghanistan and we know this is a very traumatic and difficult time for all involved," U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Grey said. "Although the investigation into his death is open and ongoing by Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, we can positively say that Captain Clark was not shot."

"Agents conducting the investigation, found no trauma to the body beyond minor abrasions and a possible broken nose most likely caused from Captain Clark striking his face on his desk when he collapsed," Grey continued.

The said the investigation will continue, but as of now no foul play is expected.


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