Report says PTSD sufferer ‘snapped,’ killed Kyle at Rough Creek gun range

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

The Special Operations Forces Situation Report, a news site for the U.S. military, said Saturday night that U.S. Navy SEAL and sniper Chris Kyle was killed at a shooting range at Rough Creek Lodge when a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder “snapped” and shot Kyle and another man.

The report said that Kyle had been volunteering to help U.S. Marine Corps veterans suffering from PTSD. Part of the  mentoring process involved taking the veterans to a gun range, according to the report.

The veteran “snapped and killed Chris and his neighbor for reasons that remain unknown at this time,” the report said. “The perpetrator then stole Chris’ vehicle in an attempt to escape.”

Law enforcement authorities could not be reached lated Saturday night to comment on the report. Around 9 p.m. they arrested a suspect, Eddie Ray Routh, 25, of Lancaster. Routh is a veteran of the war in Iraq.

Public records from Cleburne show that Routh was arrested in January 2012 for driving while intoxicated with an open container.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD reports that about 11 to 20 percent of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars suffer from PTSD.

Kyle, known as the “deadliest American sniper ever,” 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.

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. ” Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head.”

Earlier this month Kyle was one honored at a Tarleton event as its 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 cadre 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.

One Response to Report says PTSD sufferer ‘snapped,’ killed Kyle at Rough Creek gun range

  1. Shirley Wood Reply

    February 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    R.I. P Kyle thank you for your service. I prayer comfort for your family and friends.

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