In a calm voice, Jeremy Ridgeway told a jury that what started as "just another day at the office" in Baghdad suddenly erupted in fire from automatic weapons aimed at a car moving toward the heavily armored convoy of Blackwater guards.
Ridgeway is the prosecution's chief cooperating witness in the case focusing on the Sept. 16, 2007, shootings. Four Blackwater guard defendants say they were taking incoming gunfire from insurgents and that they fired their weapons in self-defense. Federal prosecutors say the guards were unprovoked.
Ridgeway was part of a Blackwater crew of 19 men who rushed to Nisoor Square to clear a path for another Blackwater convoy carrying a State Department official back to the safety of the Green Zone.