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.
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