America's deadliest sniper and a former Navy Seal who served four tours of duty in Iraq, lost his life at a gun range along with one other man. Police now have one person in custody, who's a Veteran himself.
38-year-old slain sniper Chris Kyle was born in Odessa and raised in Dallas. He along with 35-year-old Chad Littlefield were killed at the Rough Creek Lodge shooting range on Saturday evening.
25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh is being held behind bars on a $3 million bond, accused of shooting the former Navy Seal and his friend. The U.S. military confirmed Sunday that Routh was in the Marines for four years and was deployed to Iraq in 2007. His current duty status is listed as a reserve. Beside all of that, Routh now faces two counts of capital murder.
A trip at a shooting range turning tragic. Investigators say Eddie Ray Routh shot point blank at Chris Kyle and Littlefield at the shooting range where Kyle often tried to help troubled warriors reconnect with the world.
"Around 5 PM, a hunting guide at Rough Creek Lodge came across the two victims and saw that they looked like they had been shot. They were unconscious, went to the lodge and called 9-1-1. Deputies responded to the lodge and found the two victims. They did appear to be shot. They were deceased," Erath County Sheriff, Tommy Bryant, said.
Authorities say Routh left in the pick up truck that belonged to Kyle and went his sister's house in Lancaster and told her about the incident and left. She then called police, and after a short pursuit, Routh was arrested.
"They spiked his tires, the vehicle was stopped and he was apprehended without any scuffle or fight," Bryant said.
Kyle and Littlefield were both involved in helping Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, it's uncertain whether Routh was a Veteran they were counseling.
"It's my understanding that the suspect may have been suffering from some type of mental illness from being in the military himself," Bryant said.
Authorities say they found the handgun used in the killings at Routh's home. Routh was transferred to the Erath County Jail early Sunday morning and the motive for the shooting still under investigation.
Kyle helped establish the non-profit Fitco Cares Foundation to help Veterans battling PTSD get access to exercise equipment.
In a statement, the Foundation described Kyle as an "American hero" and pledged to carry on his mission.
He was a best selling author. He penned the book, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," which detailed his 150-plus kills. Kyle also teamed up with actor Dean Cain in the NBC summer reality series "Stars Earn Stripes."
Kyle was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with valor, two Navy and Marine Corps achievement medals and one Navy and Marine Corps commendation.
Kyle leaves behind a wife and two kids.
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