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.


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 TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE’s phone call with Johnson’s widow. 

Rep. Frederica WilsonFrederica Patricia WilsonTen notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment Assault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress Democratic rep reconsiders wearing trademark hats because of 'racists who taunt me' 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.