An American ship captain was in "imminent danger" when U.S. forces shot and killed three armed pirates holding him hostage on a lifeboat in the Indian Ocean, a naval official said.
"If he was not in imminent danger, they were not to take this sort of action," said Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. "He had a weapon aimed at him, and the on-scene commander saw that the weapon was aimed at him."
As one of the four pirates who had been holding Capt. Richard Phillips,...Full Story