FAMOUS MILITARY SNIPER & AUTHOR SHOT DEAD AT
February 03, 2013
(GLEN ROSE, TEXAS) -- The motive for the shootings remains unclear, as do many details. What is known is that former Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle was shot and killed along with another man Saturday on a Texas gun range about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, according to reports in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Stephenville Empire-Tribune.
Author and former Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle being interviewed on C-SPAN about his book. CLICK TO ENLARGE
The reports quote Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant as saying the killings occurred at the Rough Creek Lodge's shooting range just west of Glen Rose, Texas and that Kyle, 38, and a second man were found dead there.
The name of the second man was not immediately known.
According to the reports, witnesses told sheriff's investigators that a gunman opened fire on the men around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and then fled in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims.
The motive for the shootings was not known. A 25-year-old man was later taken into custody in Lancaster, southeast of Dallas and charges were expected to be filed against that individual.
Kyle wrote a best-selling book called, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” which told of his over 150 kills of insurgents with a sniper rifle from 1999 to 2009.
After publication of the book Kyle was sued by former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura over a segment that claimed Kyle punched Ventura in a 2006 bar fight over some alleged unpatriotic remarks Ventura made.
Ventura says the punch never happened and that the claim by Kyle defamed him so he sued. A federal judge said the lawsuit should proceed, despite efforts by Kyle to have the suit dismissed, and both sides were told to be ready for trial by August of this year.
There is an extensive interview with Kyle done on C-SPAN during his book promotion tour. It can be found here .