Josh Rodgers was killed during a raid on an Islamic State compound in eastern Afghanistan on April 27.
Tracy Bailey, deputy public affairs officer for the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., said Friday that Josh Rodgers' family has received a copy of the investigation report.
She confirmed the investigation concluded that Josh Rodgers, 22, and Sgt. Cameron Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio, died as a result of friendly fire. Both were killed during a three-hour firefight with ISIS.
Thomas' family also has been notified of the investigation's findings, said Bailey.
The families were told after being notified of the soldiers' deaths that a friendly-fire incident was likely, Kevin Rodgers said.
The report detailed how his son had "applied his own tourniquet" for bullet wounds he suffered in both legs, said Kevin Rodgers.
"And then Josh was continuing on, and he got fatally shot in the head," he said. "His initial wounds in the legs, I don't know if anyone was sure those were friendly or not. But his fatal wound was friendly fire, they said."
A copy of the report was not immediately available to the media.
The raid near the Afghan-Pakistan border targeted a compound used by Abdul Hasid, the emir of ISIS Khorasan, the terrorist group’s Afghan branch. Hasid was killed in the attack, along with 34 other enemy fighters. One other Army Ranger suffered a head wound during the battle, but was able to stay with the assault fighters, according to a press release from the Pentagon.
"I think we had closure before (getting the report)," said Kevin Rodgers. "We already kind of knew the outcome. We obviously miss him, but he lived and died doing what he loved to do. You can't ask for much more."
It was Josh Rodgers' third deployment to Afghanistan.
After graduating from high school, Josh Rodgers enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 2013, and completed training at Fort Benning, Ga., as an infantryman.
He was awarded the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal.
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