But according to documents seen by NBC, Major Golsteyn told army investigators that he and his fellow soldiers were doing house-to-house searches when they found bomb-making materials they suspected were used in the attack on the Marines.
The soldiers took a local man who they believed was responsible for the materials into custody and brought him to the army base, from where he was later released.
It is unclear if this was because there was insufficient evidence to detain him. Military documents state that Major Golsteyn and another soldier returned the man to his home but instead of releasing him the major fatally shot the man and buried his body, NBC reported.
The documents seen by the news organisation do not include Major Golsteyn’s explanation for killing the man but refer to the incident as an „assassination“.