Arrest made in killing of former Navy SEAL sniper

By MOLLY HENNESSY-FISKE | Los Angeles Times | Published: February 3, 2013

HOUSTON — Dallas-area police have arrested a suspect in the shooting deaths Saturday of former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and a second man at a north Texas shooting range.

Late Saturday, Lancaster, Texas, police arrested Eddie Ray Routh, 35.

Kyle and another man were killed at a resort shooting range in Glen Rose in Erath County, about 70 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

The Somervell County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call around 5:30 p.m. reporting the shooting at Rough Creek Lodge, near the county line, and they referred the call to Erath County, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Lonny Haschel.

Erath County deputies responded and found Kyle, 38, and 35-year-old Chad Littlefield had been shot to death, Haschel said.

The suspect was believed to have shot the victims at about 3:30 p.m. at the Rough Creek Lodge resort's shooting range before fleeing in a Ford pickup truck, Haschel said.

The motive for the shooting was unclear. Investigators told WFAA that Kyle, who lived about 25 miles south of Dallas in Midlothian, had taken his neighbor Littlefield and Routh out to help Routh deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.

After of the shooting, Erath officials issued an alert for authorities to be on the lookout for Routh.

Routh returned home to Lancaster at about 8 p.m., Haschel said, and after a brief chase that ended on a highway in Dallas, officers arrested him, according to Lancaster police spokesman Lt. Kelly Hooten.

Hooten said he did not know whether Routh was armed when he was apprehended, but that he did not resist. Routh was arraigned on two counts of capital murder and sent back to Erath County on Sunday, Hooten said.

Kyle, a native of Odessa, Texas, wrote the bestselling book "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History," detailing his 150-plus kills of insurgents from 1999 to 2009.

He was married and had two children.

Chris Kyle


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