Monday, March 28, 2011

Green Beret Charged with Assaulting Homeless Man Using Prosthetic Hand

This is not a joke, and it's not a reference to The Fugitive.  An Army Special Forces member (SFC Andrew T. McCaffrey) who had one hand blown off in an accident in Afghanistan is charged with aggravated assault for allegedly stabbing a homeless felon using his prosthetic hand.  In addition to the assault charge, McCaffrey faces court-martial for drunk driving, missing a medical appointment, and other allegations. 

The state of North Carolina gave up jurisdiction of the case due to a "credibility gap" between the alleged victim and perpetrator.  McCaffrey's mental health and the Army's responses to his mental health should be key to the resolution of this case.  Ironically, the man who fought to save his Army career after his injuries now seeks a medical discharge.

(H/t to our loyal reader Charlie F. for alerting us to this case.)