A former Navy SEAL who wrote the best-selling book, “American Sniper” was killed Saturday afternoon along with another man at a gun range an hour outside of Fort Worth, Texas.
Former Marine Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was arrested in Lancaster, Texas, after a short chase and is charged with the murders.
Chris Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, were found dead at Rough Creek Lodge, a shooting range north of Glen Rose, Texas, Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant says.
Littlefield was described as a neighbor and friend of Kyle.
Witnesses say Kyle and Littlefield were trying to help Routh, who reportedly is suffering post traumatic stress syndrome when jr opened fire on the two at the gun range and then fled the scene in a Kyle’s pickup truck.
“Chris was literally the type of guy if you were a veteran and needed help he’d help you,” Travis Cox, the director of FITCO Cares, told The Associated Press. “And from my understanding that’s what happened here.”
In his book, Kyle called himself “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history with 150-plus kills during four tours in Iraq over 10 years.
But Kyle was also sometimes criticized for exaggeration. He claimed to have punched out former Minnesota Governor — and Underwater Demolition Team veteran — Jesse Ventura in a bar fight over what he called Ventura’s “unpatriotic” remarks. Venture sued Kyle over the claim, saying the fight never happened.
The case was due to go to trial on Aug. 1.
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