Army sergeant from Leavenworth likely killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

Army sergeant from Leavenworth likely killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan

Military officials have announced a soldier from Leavenworth who was killed in combat operations in Afghanistan on Saturday may have been killed by friendly fire.

A statement from NATO officials overseeing Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan says 25-year-old Sgt. Leandro Jasso was likely shot by Afghan forces partnering with U.S. troops.

The statement calls his death a “tragic accident” which “occurred when the partnered force became engaged in a close-quarter battle during an assault on one of multiple barricaded al Qaeda shooters.” NATO says there are no indications he was shot intentionally.

In the statement, Commanding General Scott Miller says, “Sgt. Jasso was killed defending our nation, fighting al Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners. All of us, and throughout our coalition of 41 nations, recognize the threats posed by groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS and are determined to fight them here.”

He adds, “The loss of Sgt. Jasso is felt by his family and loved ones, by all who served with him and by all on this mission to protect our country and our allies.”

Sgt. Jasso enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2012 after graduating Cascade High School in Leavenworth. He was based out of Joint Base Lewis McChord and was on his third deployment to Afghanistan. In his six years of service, Jasso earned numerous military honors.

Jasso’s body was flown back to the United States to Dover Air Force Base, in Delaware, late Monday night. His flag draped casket was given a dignified transfer by military members.

It’s not clear when his remains may return home to Washington.

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