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A Tennessee National Guard soldier who died in Iraq when Iraqi policemen opened fire on U.S. soldiers was a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation special agent with a strong sense of patriotism, his boss said Thursday.
First Lt. William E. Emmert, 36, died Tuesday in Mosul, according to a Department of Defense news release.
The attack also injured three other Tennessee National Guard soldiers, Guard spokesman Randy Harris said.Emmert was deployed at the end of January to serve as a platoon leader in the 269th Military Police Company, 117th Military Police Battalion, from Murfreesboro.Two Iraqi policeman opened fire during a U.S. military inspection of a police post in northern Iraq, killing Emmert and an interpreter.
The Tennessee National Guard would not release the names or conditions of the other three soldiers. The unit of about 170 soldiers remains in an area around Mosul, Harris said.Emmert had worked for the TBI Criminal Investigation Division as a field agent in Lincoln and Moore counties since 2007.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn called Emmert an “outstanding” agent.”Not only was he an excellent investigator, but more importantly, a tremendous person full of integrity, character and patriotism,” Gwyn said. “He is a true American hero and will be greatly missed by all who knew him personally and professionally.”Emmert’s father told The Associated Press the family was making funeral arrangements and planned to meet with military officials.The attack has renewed concerns about insurgents infiltrating Iraqi security forces.
The shooting was the fourth attack in the region since late 2007 with suspected links to Iraqi security units.The two policemen began shooting as the Americans toured an Iraqi police unit guarding a key bridge in Mosul, about 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, police spokesman Brig. Gen. Saeed al-Jubouri said.
Al-Jubouri denied reports that the gunmen could have been insurgents dressed in police uniforms — a tactic used before in suicide bombings and attacks.
“Absolutely these were policemen,” al-Jubouri said.
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