Spokane soldier shot by militants in Afghan police uniforms

Author: Rob Kauder, Internet Content Manager, robk@kxly.com
Published On: Jun 19 2012 03:16:16 PM PDT   Updated On: Jun 21 2012 12:13:42 AM PDT
Jarrod Lallier
SPOKANE, Wash. -

An 82nd Airborne soldier from Spokane was killed when individuals dressed as Afghan National Police turned their weapons on him and opened fire.

The Department of Defense updated its report Tuesday on the death of PFC Jarrod Lallier, 20, of Spokane, who was killed June 18 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Originally the Department of Defense reported Lallier was killed in action when "enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire and grenades." The DoD updated its report Tuesday when new information came to light that his unit had been ambushed by militants wearing Afghan National Police uniforms.

Lallier was a 2010 graduate of Mead High School and was serving with the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division at the time of his death.

The Army Times reports that Lallier was killed and eight other servicemen were wounded when three individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms opened fire on them.

An ISAF spokesman said the militants who shot Lallier fled the scene and are being sought.

Less than a day after Lallier was killed, militants followed up with an attack on a NATO base and a police checkpoint. Several soldiers were wounded in the attack on the NATO base, where seven to eight insurgents were killed.

In the attack on the police checkpoint, several militants, again wearing Afghan National Police uniforms, attacked a checkpoint and killed three policemen and wounded nine more during an hour-long firefight. Four militants were killed in that attack.

In both the attack on the NATO base and the police checkpoint, the Taliban claimed responsibility for those incidents. So far no one has claimed responsibility for the attack that took the life of Lallier.