Former Navy Seals Sniper Chris Kyle has been shot and
killed at a gun range. REUTERS/Harper Collins
Chris Kyle, the sniper who was responsible for 160 kills
during his career as a US Navy SEAL sniper, has been shot and
killed at a Texas gun range.
The man accused of gunning down Kyle, and a second man at a
Texas shooting range has been arraigned on two counts of
capital murder, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was accused of killing Kyle, 38, and
Chad Littlefield, 35, a neighbour of Kyle, on Saturday
afternoon at the Rough Creek Lodge, about 80km southwest of
Fort Worth, the department said.
"They were shot at close range," said department spokesman
Sergeant Lonny Haschel said.
Kyle, considered one of America's deadliest snipers after
killing 160 people during his career as US Navy SEAL sniper,
wrote the book "American Sniper" about his military service
from 1999 to 2009.
Routh, described in local media reports as a former Marine
who suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), was
arrested at his Lancaster, Texas home several hours after the
shooting, having led police on a chase in his pickup truck.
"He was taken into custody after a brief pursuit," Haschel
Eddie Ray Routh has been accused of killing Kyle.
REUTERS/Erath County Sheriff’s Office/
According to a posting on a website run by members of the
Special Operations Forces community, Kyle had been volunteering
his time to help Marine Corps veterans suffering from PTSD and
"Part of this process involved taking these veterans to the
range," said the posting on SOFREP.com.
WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth reported that the two men had
taken Routh to the shooting range for the day to help him
deal with his PTSD.
Routh was arraigned at the Lancaster municipal jail on
Saturday on two counts of capital murder, a spokesman for the
department of public safety said. The Erath County Sheriff's
Office planned a news conference later on Sunday.
"It just comes as a shock and it's staggering to think that
after all Chris has been through, that this is how he meets
his end, because there are so many ways he could have been
killed" in Iraq, Scott McEwen, who wrote the book with Kyle,
Kyle served four combat tours of duty in Iraq and elsewhere,
and he won two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars for
bravery, according to his book.
After leaving the Navy, Kyle founded Craft International, a
firm that provided combat and weapons training to military,
police, corporate and civilian clients.
Kyle is the co-author of another book coming out in May
titled "American Gun - A History of the U.S. in Ten
In the wake of the slayings of 20 children and six adults at
a school in Newtown, Connecticut in December, Kyle was
interviewed in January about rising calls for curbing US gun
violence. He told the website guns.com he favoured arming
teachers who have been screened and trained and spoke against
restrictions on gun owners.