Conflict & Justice

US captain 'not shot' during Skype call death, Army says


A US army soldier from Bravo company 2nd Batallion 27th Infantry Regiment chats with family at Outpost Monti in Kunar province, on September 24, 2011.


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US Army captain Bruce Kevin Clark, who collapsed and died while on a Skype call with his wife from his base in Afghanistan, was not shot, Army officials said on Monday. 

Clark's wife, Susan Orellana-Clark, had suggested after the incident last week that her husband was killed by gunshot, the Associated Press reported. She said she could see a visible hole in the closet behind him that she believed was a bullet hole, according to the AP. 

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Agents investigating the death had found "no trauma to the body beyond minor abrasions and a possible broken nose," Army Criminal Investigation Command spokesman Chris Grey said, BBC News reported

The death has been determined to be "non-combat" and suicide has also been ruled out as a cause, CNN International reported

An official determination of the cause of Clark's death has yet to be made, an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is still under investigation, told CNN. The official could not reconcile Orellana-Clark's account with the Army's probe into the incident. 

"We do not suspect foul play in the death of Captain Clark at this point in our ongoing investigation," Grey said, according to the BBC.

However, Orellana-Clark said in a statement that "there was no sign that CPT Clark was in any discomfort, nor did he indicate any alarm" at the time of his death, CNN International reported. 

The Skype video chat ran for about two hours as Clark's family tried to get him help from the US, according to the statement.

An autopsy and toxicology tests are being done on the soldier, according to USA Today

"The investigation into the death of Captain Clark will continue and we will consider all available evidence before reaching a final determination," the Army said in a statement, according to ABC News.

Clark was a head nurse in the Army who received many honors throughout his military career, including Army Commendation Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and an Army Service Medal. He is survived by his wife and two children.