The U.S. Central Command investigation into the February shooting of Marine Sgt. Cameron Halkovich in Syria found based on witness testimony the “most plausible” explanation for the incident was an “intentional shooting” by a Syrian Democratic Forces guard, but it concluded that the true motive would likely never be known.
Halkovich, a combat engineer attached to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, was the sergeant of the guard at a remote Special Forces outpost in Syria. When checking on his security posts on Feb. 17, 2018 with Cpl. Kane Downey, his corporal of the guard, he was shot twice in the leg by a member of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
Ultimately, the investigating officer found the evidence “inconclusive” as to whether the shooting was an intentional act.