Report: US soldier fought until death in Niger

Report: US soldier fought until death in Niger

Sgt. La David Johnson, a soldier killed earlier this year during an ambush in Niger, fought "to the end," according to a military probe reported by The Associated Press on Sunday.

Johnson and two Nigerien soldiers fought back and attempted to get away from the ambush, but Johnson was hit by machine gun fire up to 18 times from far away, the AP said.

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The AP story also disputed prior reporting that indicated Johnson may have been tied up and held as a prisoner or shot from a close distance. He is thought to have died during the ambush.

Officials told the news service that Johnson’s body was discovered covered under brush. He was still in uniform, but his equipment and boots had been taken.

Johnson’s body was found two days after the ambush. His death sparked controversy after President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE’s phone call with Johnson’s widow. 

Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonDemocrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' Clinton advises checking your voter registration during Trump's State of the Union Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley to boycott State of the Union MORE (D-Fla.), who was present for the call, said Trump told Johnson’s widow that her husband “knew what he signed up for." The president repeatedly denied this description of the call.