U.S. Army: Captain Clark, soldier who died on Skype was not shot
The U.S. Army has said that the soldier who died in Afghanistan while chatting with his wife on Skype was not shot. The Army said that in spite of the claim by his wife that the captain was shot, he did not have a bullet wound.
According to ABC News
, the Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Grey, said the command came to the conclusion that Captain Bruce Kevin Clark was not shot after an autopsy. The command said in a statement: "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. We do not suspect foul play in the death of Captain Clark at this point in our ongoing investigation."
reports that Clark's wife Susan Orellana-Clark, said that while chatting with her husband on Skype he suddenly fell forward and disappeared from the screen. She said she saw a bullet hole in a closet behind him. According her statement released by her brother: "During the Skype conversation on April 30, 2012, there was no sign that CPT Clark was in any discomfort, nor did he indicate any alarm. Then CPT Clark was suddenly knocked forward. The closet behind him had a bullet hole in it. After two hours and many frantic phone calls by Mrs. Clark, two military personnel arrived in the room and appeared to check his pulse, but provided no details about his condition to his wife."
reports that Mrs Clark said in her statement: "As uncomfortable as this is for me, I am releasing this statement to honor my husband and dispel the inaccurate information and supposition promulgated by other parties."
According to Digital Journal
, Clarence Davis, a spokesman for the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, where Clark was based, said that it has not been determined how Clark died and that the case is under investigation. The army spokesman said that he "misspoke" when he said earlier that "we believe his death was from natural causes."
While the BBC
reports that the Army has ruled out gunshot as the cause of the death of Captain Clark, Reuters
reports the army spokesman, said: "Although we have not completely ruled it out to ensure a complete and thorough investigation is conducted, we do not suspect foul play in the death of Captain Clark at this point in our ongoing investigation."
reports the Army said: "The investigation into the death of Captain Clark will continue and we will consider all available evidence before reaching a final determination."
According to BBC
, a family spokesman told the Associated Press
on Monday that the US Army has not officially informed the family of its new findings and would, therefore, not make any additional public comment until it is briefed by the Army.
reports that Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark, 43, an army nurse who rose to the rank of Captain and Chief Nurse, was serving in Tarin Kowt, about 85 miles (140 kilometers) north of Kandahar. He grew up in Michigan and had lived in Spencerport, N.Y. He joined the Army in 2006 and was stationed in Hawaii before he was assigned to the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso and deployed in March.
His awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Award, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Service Medal.
He is survived by his wife and two daughters, aged three and nine.