‘Deadliest sniper,’ American soldier Chris Kyle killed at Rough Creek Lodge


Photo courtesy of Harper Collins

Photo courtesy of Harper Collins

By Kathryn Jones


Chris Kyle, known as the “deadliest American sniper ever,”  was one of two people killed Saturday in Glen Rose at the exclusive Rough Creek Lodge resort near Glen Rose, several sources confirmed.

Law enforcement authorities searched for a black  four-door Ford pickup covered in Rhino liner and with a skull sticker in the back window.

This evening they arrested a suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, 25, in Lancaster. More details were not available as of this writing.

Public records show that Routh was arrested in Cleburne in January 2012 for driving while intoxicated with an open container and posted $1,500 bond.

Reaction to the news of Kyle’s death was swift among his military and Facebook friends on his Facebook page.

“R.I.P., brother,” several posted.

Amy Cotta posted on Facebook that she didn’t “know why I feel the sting so strongly….My heart is so heavy and bleeding….”

Kyle is a former Navy SEAL who served four tours of duty in Iraq, where he was given the nickname “The Devil of Ramadi” by insurgents.

In 2012 he published an autobiography called American Sniper,which became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller. Kyle’s book sheds light on his life as a soldier and raises awareness for the many men and women who fought for our country.

From 1999 to 2009, Kyle recorded “the most career sniper kills in United States military history,” according to his book description on Amazon.com.

“The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book,” the publisher, Harper Collins, wrote in the book blurb. ”

The native Texan learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, according to his publisher. Kyle also was a champion saddle-bronc rider before joining the Navy.51IiP7QgakL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA300_SH20_OU01_

American Sniper also honors Kyles fellow warriors, who raised hell on and off the battlefield. And in moving first-person accounts throughout, Kyles wife, Taya, speaks openly in the book about the strains of war on their marriage and children, and on her husband.

In the book, Kyle claimed he punched former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura, whom he identified only as “Scruff Face,” for being “disrespectful” at a California bar in 2006. He later disclosed in interviews that “Scruff Face” was Ventura.

Ventura filed a defamation suit and claims of  invasion of privacy and wrongly profiting from the contention. Kyle’s attorneys had sought to get the suit dismissed, but a judge ruled that the case could proceed.

Earlier this month Kyle was honored as Tarleton State University’s outstanding young alumnus.

Kyle was the president of his own company, Craft International in Dallas, which provides sniper and battle tactics training for active duty military and law enforcement personnel, and also trains civilians on weapon awareness.

Kyle and his Craft training personnel were scheduled to teach the “Rough Creek Shoot Out” civilian training event in March and April at a cost of $2,950 per person.

Participants were to take classes in precision rifle, pistol and carbine, introduction to combative principles and an optional machine gun shoot.

Kyle, who was born in Odessa in 1974, and his wife, Taya, had two children. Funeral arrangements are pending.


The Glen Rose Current will post updates on this developing story as information becomes available.

K’Leigh Bedingfield of the Texan News Service contributed to this report. 


One Response to ‘Deadliest sniper,’ American soldier Chris Kyle killed at Rough Creek Lodge

  1. Kurt M. Hamel Reply

    March 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Dear Kyle Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I read Chris’s book and words can’t express how it made me feel. It is by far the best book I have ever read. I’m not a soldier but my younger brother is. He is in Korea right now and I never could imagine what those guys go through. They are a breed all their own. Toughest ever. I never met Mr. Kyle but through his book I feel like a friend. He will be missed. RIP Brother.

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