Staff Sgt. Michael Sargent had only bad options when he looked to escape a courtyard where two of his Afghan military partners already had been killed and three more of his teammates wounded at the hands of enemies with a powerful machine gun.
He and his last remaining partner could make a break for the only open door. Taking that route would expose at least one of them to a deadly injury. Insurgents with the big gun just 25 feet away had a clear shot at the exit.