(CBS) –Private Aaron Toppen, 19 was part of a special operation in southern province of Zabul in Afghanistan when he and four others were killed, possibly by a U.S. air strike.
CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports Toppen’s family says they don’t want the focus to be on how he died, but that Toppen was doing what he loved.
In a statement, the Department of Defense says, “Investigators are looking into the likelihood that friendly fire was the cause.”
Afghan police say Taliban militants started an attack after NATO forces had completed a special operation. During the fighting, five American troops were killed, possibly by an airstrike.