NDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The father-in-law of an Indiana National Guard commander says a robot swept a southern Afghanistan road for bombs before the blast that killed him and three others.
Retired Indianapolis police Detective Patrick Lair's daughter had married 32-year-old Staff Sgt. Jonathan Metzger of Indianapolis. Lair tells the Indianapolis Star and WTHR-TV that military officials told the family that robots in front of the unit's convoy didn't find any bombs before one exploded Thursday morning, killing Metzger and three of his men in the Valparaiso-based 713th Engineer Company.
Lair says Metzger was due to return to Indiana on leave in a few weeks.
Also killed were 21-year-old Brian Leonhardt of Merrillville, 44-year-old Robert Tauteris of Hamlet and 20-year-old Christopher Patterson of Aurora, Ill. All three held the rank of specialist.