Decorated Navy Seal Sniper Killed While Mentoring (with Video)

By Emma Koch

February 4, 2013 Updated Feb 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM EST

TEXAS (www.incnow.tv) -- Author of "American Sniper" and former Navy Seal sniper, Chris Kyle, and his neighbor were gunned down this weekend by a former Marine they were mentoring.

Eddie Ray Routh, a Marine corporal deployed to Iraq in 2007 and Haiti in 2010, turned his gun on Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield at a Texas gun range this weekend. Kyle, 38, was an advocate for fellow veterans suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and founder of FITCO Cares, an organization that provides fitness equipment for wounded veterans.

When police arrived, Routh had fled the scene in another vehicle. Witnesses told police he left in Kyle's pickup truck. He was captured later, when his sister and her husband called police to inform them that Routh had fled to their residence in Midlothian.

Routh is charged with two counts of capital murder and is being held at Erath County Jail on a $3 million bond.

Kyle, who served four tours in Iraq and had more than 150 confirmed kills as a sniper, is the author of New York Times best seller "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History" published last year.

He was awarded two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation for his combat service.




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