Former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle was shot and killed yesterday at a gun range outside of Fort Worth, Texas yesterday. He was 38.
Kyle’s friend Chad Littlefield was also killed during the incident.
Kyle was the most decorated sniper in the history of the U.S. military killing more than 150 insurgents mostly in Iraq earning him two Silver Stars and five Bronze Stars. Last year, Kyle released his best selling autobiography American Sniper.
The book was controversial as Kyle had claimed he punched former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura in a Navy SEAL bar in California in 2006. However, Ventura contends the incident never occurred and filed a defamation suit against Kyle last August. The case is still pending at the time of Kyle’s death.
Last night, authorities arrested Eddy Ray Routh in connection with the double homicide. His motive for the killing is unknown although Routh is apparently a former Marine who was diagnosed with PTSD.
Kyle is survived by his wife and two children.
UPDATE: Routh was an unemployed ex-Marine who did a tour of duty in Iraq in 2007. Kyle apparently took down and out veterans to the shooting range and was doing the same for Routh.