Former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle killed while helping veteran recover from PTSD

Former Navy SEAL sniper and American hero Chris Kyle was killed Saturday while helping a Marine veteran recover from PTSD. May he rest in peace:

KHOU – A former U.S. Navy SEAL who gained recognition during the Iraq War was one of two people fatally shot southwest of Fort Worth on Saturday, KHOU 11 News has learned.

Sources close to the investigation identified the former SEAL as Chris Kyle, 39, author of the New York Times bestselling book, “American Sniper.”

Kyle was shot point-blank while helping another soldier who was recovering from post traumatic stress syndrome, officials said. The murders happened at a shooting range near the town of Glen Rose, about 53 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

The Erath County Sheriff’s Office issued an alert for the arrest of the suspect, who was later identified as Eddie Routh, 25. Officials warned that Routh was traveling in a Ford F-150 pickup with large tires and rims. They said he was believed to be highly trained with military experience.

Routh was reportedly later captured in Lancaster, south of Dallas.

Investigators believe Routh, a former Marine, turned his weapon on Kyle and the second victim before fleeing the scene.

Officials said the second shooting victim, whose identity was not released, was a neighbor of the suspect. All three men lived in Midlothian, Texas.


Remember, Chris Kyle is also the same guy who decked Jesse Ventura for an outlandish and offensive statement while at a wake.

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  • Ray

    This is just sad. It is a shame what has happened to these individuals with their multiple deployments. Then having the knowledge that their government does not support them. With threats from democrats to cease funding their medical needs, yet the same democrats force prisons to perform non-unnecessary sex-change operations, full dental services, etc. We can see who the democrats really support. And Republicans cave on this stuff all the time.

    I am saddened and angered. May his family be comforted.

    • Orangeone

      Some of those prisoners are also voting and you can guess for which party.

  • B Well

    What a terrible loss 🙁
    So hard to hear this, I pray for much comfort and healing for all his family and friends.

    • martha chandler

      This is terrible. I don’t understand.

  • Breaks my heart some more. My prayers go out for his wife and kids, family, friends and brothers. God help those who come home injured where we can’t see, they need peace in their minds and souls. Please Lord help them.

    • keyesforpres


  • davienne

    Bless you Chris Kyle… Thank You For Your Service…. Rest In Peace…

  • It seems a lot of special forces guys are dying these days……..that is all.

  • PTSD will get your weapon taken (or firing pin removed) and a trip home when deployed. Why they would put a gun in this guy’s hand when he got home and was still suffering from PTSD is beyond me.

    RIP Chris Kyle

    • mike morrison

      I’m not sure that the shooter is the PTSD sufferer or the 2nd shooting victim?

      • warpmine

        Kyle was helping a friend and another deranged guy appeared and shot them both.

        • Orangeone

          I don’t like coincidences…..shooting in TX of all states…..

        • KenInMontana

          The shooter or “deranged guy” was a Marine suffering from PTSD that Kyle and the second individual had taken to the range as some sort of therapy.

  • colliemum

    This is so very sad.

    May God ease the grief of these families.

    May everybody be aware that the BHO administration will use this as a way to disarm all veterans.

    • Patriot077

      I share your sentiments exactly, colliemum.

    • tvlgds

      That’s the agenda- disarm the former vets that they KNOW will not cave in and fire on American citizens.

    • keyesforpres

      I personally smell a rat….

  • ryanomaniac

    Wow. This happened near my home. This is crazy. RIP. May God bless his family. Ill be checking to see if there will be a public memorial. I will pay my respects.

  • Sober_Thinking

    Just doesn’t make sense.

    I would be nice if Texas does the death penalty thing here and if justice would be swift.

    RIP Chris Kyle… May God provide comfort to his family and friends… same for the other victim.

    • tvlgds

      Oh yeah- if they find the guy, determine he’s sane enough to stand trial, and he’s convicted, we have an express lane to the death chamber!

      • keyesforpres

        He needs to be waterboarded first. I personally don’t think he acted alone.

        • tvlgds

          Nor do I. I also do not believe Seal Cmdr. Wise killed himself.

      • Sober_Thinking

        I remember a black comedian from years back who joked about all the death row inmates who are living for years in jail… he was pointing out that he would volunteer and help finish their sentence NOW instead of letting them continue to drain money, take up space, and consume resources from America (something like that). His tagline was, “Gotta go! Gotta go!” He was implying he’d line them up, have one sit down, pull the lever, and seat the next one… and repeat until they were all gone. Express style.

        He said it in a much more funny manner than I… but you get the gist.

  • Goldni007

    Dude could snipe. And he was doing what a hero with war experience should. Headlining a charity event and doing peer to peer counseling with other suffering soldiers.

    Of course there will be politicization of this tragedy. Is it me or do all of these highly publicized gun crimes (happening in bunches now) fit the gun grabbing media and statists narrative? Their ‘agenda’ is getting alot of help lately. Weird.

    • wtd

      “Headlining a charity event” suggests this did not take place at an isolated shooting range with no audience – yet no-one returned fire? On the other hand, I shudder to imagine the govt impact on shooting ranges if a witness had returned fire.
      The thought does cross my mind given the sudden dearth of available ammo, recent unannounced military exercises in urban centers, on top of persistent attempts to limit the second amendment.
      May both these victims RIP.

      • Jay

        On the firing line at a range, firearms which are not being used are typically unloaded with the bolt locked open. This probably happened so fast there was no time to react.

  • chatterbox365

    OMG…how terrible. I saw him on the O’Reilly Factor a few months ago. I wonder what the story is behind this one….very strange.

    RIP =(

  • tsturbo

    This does not pass the smell test, something very fishy here.
    This type of shooting between fellow soldiers does not happen.
    And Chinook helicopters with 33 seals on board don’t get shot down…unless someone in our government is making it happen.
    There is pure Satanic evil residing in Washington. Better get ready.

    • tvlgds

      You’re singing my song! And there’s no way Navy Seal commanders commit suicide, as is the official story in the death of Job Price a few weeks ago!

      • tsturbo

        Exactly right. Today, our national motto “In God We Trust” has been replaced with “Ignorance Is Bliss”. If people who have access to the internet cannot see the crystal clear overwhelming evidence that proves what a reprobate we have in the White House, then I suggest they go look in the mirror to see a big part of the problem our country faces.

    • CO2isGood

      Well, I know conspiracy theories can be comforting…but alas, these kinds of shootings do happen.

      Being in the military, and being a veteran does not give one immunity to dementia nor disaster.

      • tsturbo

        Hmm, is it a conspiracy theory that Obama’s birth certificate is a blatant forgery?
        Is it a conspiracy theory that Obama is in fact trying to destroy our Country?
        Time to wake up!

        • CO2isGood

          LOL, so if one conspiracy proves true, (not saying any that you mention are, because I don’t know) then that means they all are. Are you taking logic lessons from the Left?

          • tsturbo

            That may be the stupidest comment I’ve read all year. My children are better informed than you.

            • CO2isGood

              …apparently you suffer from paranoia and illusions of grandeur. Nevertheless, if your conspiracies make you happy, go for it.

          • tsturbo

            That may be the stupidest comment I’ve read all year. My children are better informed than you.

      • tinlizzieowner

        There have been many more mass shootings in the last 4 years than any other time I can think of in the past. I’m not going to call it a ‘conspiracy’, just a simple fact.
        ‘Guns’ haven’t become more violent but society in general, has.

  • Constance

    What’s with all the shootings being reported in this country lately? It seems that every other day, there is a school shooting, or a work place shooting. I realize the media is zoned in on this stuff now, so we will hear about everything, but it still seems a bit much all of a sudden. Pardon my ever-increasing skepticism, but this seems just a wee bit too perfect that another Navy SEAL is dead. I will reserve my thoughts, and assume the story is what we are being told, but something doesn’t feel right to me.

    God bless Chris Kyle and his young family he leaves behind. God bless the other person who died with him. God bless all of our military members and families. This just breaks my heart.

    • tinlizzieowner

      “What’s with all the shootings being reported in this country lately? It seems that every other day, there is a school shooting, or a work place shooting.”

      Something I’ve noticed as well. There have certainly been a lot of mass shootings in the last 4 years. It’s really curious.

  • warpmine

    Anyone want to lay odds that psychotropic drugs are being or had been in use by the assailant?

    • rdc1974

      That is the question I want answers to as well.

      • tinlizzieowner

        The answer is yes. He was on (prescribed and possibly other), drugs.

  • Joe

    A sad day indeed for our heroes and our Nation

    Something strange is going on with all these “SEALS” being killed

    Was there a motive?

  • ApplePie101

    A hero to the very end. God rest his soul.

  • Not to go all conspiracy theory, but ever since bin Laden got taken out, we’ve been hearing about so many Seals being killed.

    • Orangeone

      And the book written by one of the Seals

  • 911Infidel

    I can recall meeting many a combat veteran suffering from PTSD , from WWII to Vietnam, and never once did any of them commit murder. There’s something wrong with this story. What drugs was this guy taking? He was likely unstable before he went into combat. PTSD is not an excuse for murder. A good man is dead. To the shooter…I don’t care what excuse he gives, he is not worthy of anything but contempt.

    • 57thunderbird


    • Actually, I do know of a WWII veteran who was suffering from PTSD, although they called it ‘shell shock’ then. He was the son of a neighbor where I grew up and was in and out of a mental institution for a number of years. He did eventually shoot and kill his brother.

      • 911Infidel

        I was speaking of my own experience with veterans of combat. One or two incidents does not indicate a trend. PTSD is a fact. But so is the fact that combat vets on the whole do not commit murder. Those that do are anomalies who were likely unstable long before they entered the service.

      • CO2isGood

        Having served as a marine in Vietnam, I can see how this can happen.

        Many posters here do not seem to realize that there are just as many marginal personalities in the military as there are in the civilian pop. But even seemingly well-adjusted individuals can have problems upon returning.

        You are trained to kill, and put in a dangerous environment for yearlong deployements. You see death, and kill, and survive. Then you are sent home and expected to readjust overnight. Most do not…and some react in this manner.

        • tinlizzieowner

          “Welcome Home Brother”.

    • keyesforpres

      One of the victims was suffering from PTSD. Not the shooter. That is what I got from the story.

      • 911Infidel

        No. According to the video news report the “suspect was suffering from PTSD.” Go listen again.

    • chatterbox365

      I’m surprised the shooter is alive, but I sure hope this scum bag got his a$$ beat.

      Now the peeps of Texas will have to pay for this low life’s defense and possible treatment for life.

      • 911Infidel

        Yeah he didn’t opt in for the “death by cop” option did he? Too bad.

  • Kelly60

    I live very near where all this happened and something about this just feels weird…dunno but sure makes my skin crawl. Several news reports lately about veterans have been popping up, making them appear ruthless and out of control…something just isn’t right…

    • Orangeone

      And Nappy wants mental health exams for vets and to grab their guns….all of this plays in to their agenda.

      • Kelly60

        Actually, Orange, I read somewhere that they are bypassing exams for all returning veterans and assuming PTSD, and removing their ability to have /own guns.

        • Orangeone

          Seriously? I know Nappy has wanted to do something, hadn’t heard that it might be happening….so they aren’t giving hot breakfast and now determining them to be mentally ill. Won’t that work out well for this admin.

          • Kelly60

            Exactly…or make Americans afraid of them as well, you know, enough to “turn them in”…amazing how this Admin and their media sheeple use events to incite “fear”. Just like global warming, terrorism, etc. I find it interesting too how that is explained in that Live Free, Die Hard movie a couple years back.

            I remember now where I read it…infowars (yes, it does lack some credibility here, sorry about that)…but, again, doesn’t surprise me.

            Chris Kyle also had a relationship (not personal of course) with Palin, who has again become outspoken of late.

            • Orangeone

              Yeah I’m not liking that yet another Navy Seal, this one who spoke out against Joe Biden, has now been murdered. There are WAY too many Seals murdered in the last year.

  • 57thunderbird

    RIP patriot.God bless this man’s family members.He was a real hero.

  • tvlgds

    Something in this official story is just not ringing true. And there’s no way in hell the last one committed suicide. Seems to me somebody wants these guys silenced permanently. Scuse me now, I have a tin foil hat to polish.

    • keyesforpres

      No tin foil hat at all.

      • rdc1974

        I like your username. He is the only person me and my family ever financially supported for president.

        • keyesforpres

          Yeah, he’s pretty much the only one I agree with on all his stances…Tom Tancredo is a close second…Bachmann a close third.

  • Yes, it is sad. We have lost another American hero, as has his family, to which I extend my condolensces.

    Never forget, that by a document let out from the wonderful Gestapo, also known as Homeland Security, in the state of Missouri, the MIAC document, that it had detailed every returning military as a possible homegrown terrorist. It was Homeland Security, who first suggested, that any and all military veterans be denied the purchase of any firearms, based on that assumption, as well as disarming these same veterans of their already owned firearms!

    • Orangeone

      And with this in TX, the state supporting the 2nd Amendment the most, doesn’t feel right at all given Nappy’s agenda.

  • nosilasunny

    This is another terrible loss for our country of a brave patriot and warrior. I will pray for God’s peace and comfort for his family. Thank you, Chris Kyle, for fighting for freedom and your fellow veterans.

  • poljunkie

    We’re pretty broken up over this.

    Please provide strength and comfort to his family.

    Continue to bless, and protect his extended family of military brothers I know will honor this huge loss by carrying on with the dignity and poise they each possess.

  • rdc1974

    His wife is going to have a very hard time with this one. She almost left him over his refusal to leave the teams. They almost didn’t make it when he did. Now that things seemed on track with the family all the sudden blindsided by a senseless murderer. Too many survive downrange to die at home.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    That’s a bone-jarring shock for sure! You just have to wonder what happened at the gun range to cause such a tragedy. The shooter was supposedly suffering PTSD so maybe that’s a large part of it. Chris Kyle had given so much to this nation of ours, he certainly did not deserve what happened to him. Prayers to his family and friends……..

  • If any of you have a spare tin foil hat lying around, shoot me a message please! I’m ready to be fitted for one…

    RIP Chris Kyle

  • TexasPatriot77

    Thank you Chris for everything you did for us all.

  • 12grace

    G-d bless this brave and honorable man. My compassion goes to his family and friends. I am sure he is in Heaven now.

    Of course we all know how the left will slant this tragedy.

  • breakingdead99

    when i first heard the news i did not want beleive it. my heart goes out kyle’s famliy and friends chris kyle navy seal rest in peace.

  • My son got to meet and spend an evening at special dinner with Mr. Kyle a few years ago. He was incredibly impressed with this great American hero. This news left us all shocked. It’s a sad day for heroes.

    We drank a toast to his memory today, and thanked God for his service.

    RIP, son of Liberty