Deadliest sniper murdered in Texas

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ERATH COUNTY, Texas—Officers are investigating the deaths of two men, including a man who earned the title the “deadliest sniper in U.S. military history.”

Chris Kyle, a retired Navy Seal, risked his life on the world’s most dangerous battlefields and claimed more enemy kills than any other sniper in American history.

He even wrote a book entitled “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.”

In an interview in 2006, Kyle said, “Every person I killed I have a clear conscience of because they were actively trying to harm Americans, allies or the civilians.”

While he was famous for taking lives in war, he also devoted himself to helping make life better for other veterans.

Kyle and 35-year-old Chad Littlefield were gunned down Saturday at a North Texas shooting range.

The man being held responsible for the crime, 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh, is a Marine reservist and Iraq War veteran.

Sheriff Tommy Bryant, Erath County Sheriff’s Department, said, “It’s my understanding that the suspect may have been suffering from some type of mental illness, from being in the military himself. I understand he was a Marine for four years.”

Authorities say they found the gun used in the killings at Routh’s home.

Sheriff Bryant said, “He went to his sister’s home and told his sister and his brother-in-law what he had just done.”

Routh is being charged with two counts of capital murder and is being held on a $3 million bond.

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