(Tonawanda, N.Y.) When the death of US Army Sgt. Michael Lammerts was first reported, his family thought he was a war casualty.
However, officials in Afghanistan are confirming to Eyewitness News that Sgt. Michael Lammerts and another soldier, Staff Sgt. Scott Burgess, were killed on April 4th after being shot by an Afghan Border Policeman in the Faryab province, Afghanistan.
According to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), a lone gunman, wearing an Afghan Border Police Uniform, opened fire outside a meeting between ISAF and Afghan Border Patrol Representatives.
Coalition forces tracked down the gunman on Thursday. When he displayed hostile intent, the Afghan Border Policeman was killed. Two other suspected insurgents were detained for further questioning.
General David Petraeus, ISAF Commander said "The blatant murder of these two ISAF members is a tragic and unacceptable event, and we strongly condemn it."
The General also sent his condolences to both the Lammerts and Burgess Families.
Sgt. Michael Lammerts body was returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Wednesday.
Plans are underway to have his remains flown back to the Niagara Falls Air Force Base.