Sharrett Shooter Still a Captain in U.S. Army

Army confirms Capt. Timothy Hanson maintains position

Though U.S. Army officials had previously told The Washington Post that Capt. Timothy Hanson, who shot and killed Pfc. David Sharrett II in a friendly fire incident, was "out of the Army," they now acknowledge he is in fact still in the Army after being promoted to captain a year after Sharrett's 2008 death.

In a meeting with Sharrett's parents last week, Secretary of the Army John McHugh said Hanson is "still drawing a paycheck." On Friday, The Washington Post talked with a Pentagon spokesperson who confirmed Hanson's full-time position as an infantry captain in the Army's active guard reserve. Hanson was discharged from active duty in September 2010, according to Army records.

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In 2008, Sharrett died in a friendly fire incident in Iraq, which the Army disclosed to the family at the time of his death. But they later found out the officer who fired the shots, then-1st Lt. Timothy Hanson, did not inform anyone of the incident and Sharrett was left for dead.

Sharrett was a 1998 Oakton High School graduate, who played defensive end for the football team. The football program now issues a scholarship each year to a football player in Sharrett's honor. They also make an annual trip to Arlington National Cemetery for a


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