FORT BRAGG, N.C., May 29 (UPI) -- Army Cpl. Pat Tillman, the former professional football player killed in Afghanistan, was likely killed by friendly fire, the U.S. Army said Saturday.
"While there was no one specific finding of fault, the investigation indicated that Cpl. Tillman probably died of friendly fire while his unit was in combat with enemy forces," Lt. Gen. Philip Kensington Jr., of the Army's Special Operations Command, said at a news conference in Ft. Bragg, N.C.
"The results of this investigation in no way diminish the bravery and sacrifice of Cpl. Tillman, who was shot and killed while responding to enemy fire without regard to his personal safety."
CNN reported about 10 to 20 ambushers had attacked the 27-year-old Tillman's convoy in Afghanistan with mortars and small arms. Tillman's team, which had already passed the point of attack, turned back to help, diving into an intensive battle that lasted about 20 minutes.
"There is an inherent danger of confusion in any firefight, particularly when a unit is ambushed, especially under difficult light and terrain environment," Kensington said.
The 27-year-old football player for the Arizona Cardinals walked away from a $3.6 million contract to serve in the U.S. Army. He was posthumously awarded a Silver Star April 30.