Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Green Beret Killed After Discovering SEALs' Alleged Money Scheme

Green Beret Killed After Discovering SEALs' Alleged Money Scheme

He was specifically selected for an intelligence operation there.

Anonymous special ops troops have told The Daily Beast that slain Green Beret Sergeant Logan J. Melgar had spoken to his wife about "the bad feeling" he had about two US Navy SEALs, who are now under suspicion of his murder, although he didn't elaborate why he felt that way.

The Lubbock, Tex., graduate pledged to tell her more about when he returned home, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The two SEALs later told investigators Melgar was drunk and had been taking part in "combatives" - a military term for hand-to-hand fighting - in the moments leading up to his death.

Two Navy SEALS from the elite SEAL Team Six are being investigated for allegedly murdering an Army Green Beret in Mali last June after he discovered an illegal money operation allegedly being run by the special operators, according to The Daily Beast.

The Beast adds that an altercation then commenced and escalated, and after Melgar's dead body was delivered to the nearest clinic, the SEALs reportedly panicked.

The Times reported that Melgar was found dead June 4 at the U.S. Embassy housing he shared in Mali with other special operations personnel working in West Africa on training and counterterrorism missions. However, things escalated to the point that Melgar ended up losing consciousness and eventually stopped breathing.

According to U.S. officials, he stopped breathing at around 5am and attempts to reopen his airway failed. It's not clear exactly when he died, but he died of asphyxiation.

Authorities nearly immediately suspected foul play and have spent months investigating, The Times said. One source even claims he didn't drink in the first place.

He was offered a cut of the illicit funds by the Navy commandos but he declined, the sources told The Daily Beast.

Another Africa Command official told the Daily Beast that Brig.

She approached commanders about her concerns regarding his cause of death and allegation that he had been drinking.

The jurisdiction for the investigation was transferred from Army investigators to the Navy in September, indicating the two SEALs had become the center of the investigation.

Melgar reportedly confronted two of the SEALs for stealing from a fund set up to develop informants on radical Islamic elements in Mali.

The investigation was fist reported by the New York Times and has sent shock-waves through the special-op community.

Melgar, a 34-year-old Texan, deployed to Afghanistan twice.

He graduated from Texas Tech in 2006, and enlisted in the Army in 2012 as an off-the-street Special Forces recruit.

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