A Navy SEAL is being held in a military brig while authorities investigate the stabbing death of an Islamic State combatant while he was subdued in Iraq last year.
The Navy Times reported Friday the unidentified SEAL based in California was being held in the brig at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, though he has not been charged with a crime. Such confinement is allowed in the military justice system.
Naval Special Warfare spokeswoman Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence confirmed to NBC 7 that a Naval Special Warfare unit member is under investigation but declined to give details to "maintain the integrity of the investigation."
"A service member currently assigned to a Naval Special Warfare unit is under investigation by NCIS for professional misconduct while deployed to Iraq in 2017," she said in a statement to NBC 7. "We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and will cooperate fully with investigative authorities."
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is leading the investigation.
The Navy Times said its report was based on interviews with seven Navy officials.