Parents: Soldier Thought He Was Firing At Afghans

The parents of a staff sergeant at Fort Bragg facing more than a dozen counts of attempted first-degree murder say their son thought he was shooting at Afghan insurgents when he fired on police and firefighters earlier this year.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Eisenhauer's parents told the Fayetteville Observer their son suffered from war-induced mental problems when he shot at police in January.

Mark Eisenhauer said his son told him he was alone in his apartment about 10 p.m. when he awoke to the sound of people running up the front and back stairs and then saw a small fire on his deck.

No officers were seriously wounded in the shootout, and Joshua Eisenhauer was treated for injuries. A judge has granted defense attorneys' request that he be mentally evaluated.