Texas Shooting Suspect was Iraq War Veteran

AP File Photo

AP File Photo

GLEN ROSE, Texas (AP) — The 25-year-old man charged with murdering former Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and his friend at a Texas gun range was an Iraq war veteran.

The U.S. military confirmed Sunday that Eddie Ray Routh was in the Marines from June 2006 to January 2010. He was deployed to Iraq in 2007.

Routh is charged with two counts of capital murder. He’s accused of killing 38-year-old Kyle and 35-year-old Chad Littlefield at the Rough Creek Lodge shooting range Saturday evening.

Officer Kyle Roberts at the Erath County Jail said Routh is being held on $3 million bond. Roberts did not have information on information on whether Routh had a lawyer. No one answered the door at Routh’s home.


  • Samuel

    Kyle was a hero. He quietly did his job and did what he was told to, he was a sniper. So successful that the enemies of the USA had a bounty on his head. He didn’t define himself as a killer, nor will he every be remembered as one. He was a soldier who saved many, many more lives than he took. He saved his friends and those who are now slandering his name guaranteed of their first amendment right…in part, by Kyle.
    He owned Kraft International which trained many people to protect themselves. He even trained teachers in the use of weapons to defend themselves in Texas where the Second Amendment doesn’t have “ZONES”. He helped so many people, open your eyes to how we all fit into the big picture. He’s no less important than anyone else. If you are looking down on him because of his job…than you deserve the same treatment.
    He will be missed by a wife and two kids. But his friends will celebrate him as a standard by which they want to rise to.