Erath sheriff to hold news conference today on Kyle shooting

Photo courtesy of Craft International

Photo courtesy of Craft International

By Kathryn Jones


The Erath County Sheriff’s Office will hold a 2 p.m. news conference today to discuss details about yesterday’s shooting deaths of Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle and another man.

Authorities last night arrested Eddie Ray Routh, 25, of Lancaster. He is being held in the Erath County Jail on a $3 million bond.

Routh has been charged with two counts of murder and one count of capital murder, according to the sheriff’s office.

Kyle’s body and the body of Chad Littlefield, 35, were found yesterday afternoon at Rough Creek at the gun range there. No details were available about Littlefield at this time.

After the shooting, Routh left in Kyle’s pickup truck. He was arrested around 9 p.m. in Lancaster, a suburb south of Dallas-Fort Worth.

A report filed last night by a military news site indicated that Routh was a veteran of the war in Iraq and may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. The site said that Kyle mentored PTSD sufferers through an organization he founded.

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

“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.

The Current will post more information on this developing story as it becomes available.

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