Suspect charged with capital murder in SEAL sniper’s death

Chris Kyle and Routh
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Former U.S. Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle was killed Saturday doing something he loved – helping a fellow veteran Marine suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

An updated report Sunday from Houston’s CBS affiliate, KHOU News, said police charged former Marine Eddie Routh, 25, with two counts of capital murder.

According to the article, Kyle’s organization, FITCO Cares Foundation, helped veterans recover from PTSD through physical fitness, which is why authorities believe Kyle and Routh were at the shooting range near Glen Rose, Texas, Saturday.

Police say Routh fatally shot Kyle, 39, and his friend, Chad Littlefield, 35, at point-blank range before fleeing the scene in a pickup truck. Routh was later arrested at his home south of Dallas, KHOU reported.

The news report described the decorated former SEAL and author this way:

‘American Sniper,’ which details Kyle’s 150-plus kills of insurgents from 1999 to 2009, was published in 2012. The book’s cover referred to Kyle as “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history.” The sniper served in every major battle in Operation Iraqi Freedom and became so well known that the insurgents even had a bounty on his head. He served four tours of duty in Iraq and was wounded twice by gunfire.

Kyle was president of Craft International, a company that “provides training to military and law enforcement,” the KHOU article said. He recently appeared on “Stars Earn Stripes,” an NBC reality TV show where military and law enforcement officers led celebrities through various challenges benefiting charity.

The director of Kyle’s foundation, Travis Cox, issued a statement on Sunday morning calling Kyle “a hero,” and saying, “Chris died doing what he filled his heart with passion – serving soldiers struggling with the fight to overcome PTSD.”

Kyle is survived by his wife and two children.

Read more from KHOU News.

Watch a Jan. 2012 interview with Kyle and Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly here:


Navy SEAL and ‘American Sniper’ Chris Kyle murdered at Texas gun range



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