02-03-2013, 08:31 AM
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Navy SEAL Chris Kyle Murdered?
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GLEN ROSE, Texas -- A former U.S. Navy SEAL who gained recognition during the Iraq War was one of two people fatally shot southwest of Fort Worth on Saturday, KHOU 11 News has learned.
Sources close to the investigation identified the former SEAL as Chris Kyle, 39, author of the New York Times bestselling book, "American Sniper."
Kyle was shot point-blank while helping another soldier who was recovering from post traumatic stress syndrome, officials said. The murders happened at a shooting range near the town of Glen Rose, about 53 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
The Erath County Sheriff's Office issued an alert for the arrest of the suspect, who was later identified as Eddie Routh, 25. Officials warned that Routh was traveling in a Ford F-150 pickup with large tires and rims. They said he was believed to be highly trained with military experience.
Routh was reportedly later captured in Lancaster, south of Dallas.
Investigators believe Routh, a former Marine, turned his weapon on Kyle and the second victim before fleeing the scene.
Officials said the second shooting victim, whose identity was not released, was a neighbor of the suspect. All three men lived in Midlothian, Texas.
"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 born in Odessa and was using a rifle at the age of eight, according to his book. He moved to North Texas after retiring from the Navy in 2009 and was president of Craft International, which provides training to military and law enforcement.
Recently, he also appeared as an "operative" on the NBC reality show Stars Earn Stripes, in which "celebrities are challenged to execute complicated missions inspired by real military exercises."
He was married and has two children.
KHOU reporter Jeff McShan, WFAA reporters Carla Wade in Erath County and Rebecca Lopez; and producers Tina Foster and Jason Trahan contributed to this report.