Army investigating use of Ft. Rucker soldiers after Samson shootings

Geneva, Ala. (WSFA) -- The U.S. Army is now investigating the use of Fort Rucker soldiers in Samson after the shootings. Twenty-two military police and an officer responded.

The Army is questioning why the soldiers were sent and what they did while they were there.   Investigators are determining whether law and policy were followed.

Geneva county sheriff Greg Ward said he requested the help.  "Fort Rucker came in and did exactly what we requested them to do. They came in and relieved our guys, gave them some time. They was not called in to do any kind of police work, law enforcement, or anything like that." Sheriff Ward says the soldiers only regulated traffic.

Congressman Bobby Bright issued a statement Wednesday:

"After discussing the situation with Wiregrass mayors and officials, it is clear to me that Fort Rucker was only trying to assist a grieving community in need of backup law enforcement. As they always do, our troops responded to a call for action and ably performed the tasks that were asked of them.

"My office has been in contact with the Department of Defense about this issue and I will continue to monitor their inquiry. When the dust settles, I am confident that the inquiry will show that soldiers and Fort Rucker responded in an appropriate and neighborly manner."