Former Navy SEAL and the author of the best selling book “American Sniper,” was fatally shot along with another man on a Texas gun range, a sheriff told local newspapers.
Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Kyle, 38, and a second man were found dead at Rough Creek Lodge’s shooting range west of Glen Rose, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Stephenville Empire-Tribune. Glen Rose is about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
Investigators had not released the name of the second man, according to the newspapers.
Witnesses told sheriff’s investigators that a gunman opened fire on the men around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, then fled in a pickup truck belonging to one of the victims, according to the Star-Telegram. The newspapers said a 25-year-old man was later taken into custody in Lancaster, southeast of Dallas, and that charges are expected.
The motive of the shooting was unclear.
Kyle wrote the best selling book, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” detailing his 150-plus kills of insurgents from 1999 to 2009.
Kyle was married, he and his wife Taya had 2 children.
Update: The suspect, Eddie Lee Roth was arrested just before 9 p.m. last night after ramming a police car with Kyle's Ford F150 pickup truck.