A Texas man and military veteran has been charged with the Feb. 2, 2013 killing of author and ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, according to state officials.
CBS News reports that the Texas Dept. of Public Safety said, Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was charged with the murder of Kyle, 38, and a friend, Chad Littlefield, 35, on Saturday night.
According to authorities, Routh, Kyle, and Littlefield had gone to the Rough Creek Lodge shooting range in Glen Rose together, reports CBS.
The killings took place around 3:30 p.m., after which Routh drove Kyle’s truck to his sister’s house and told his brother-in-law what he had done, police say. Routh's family called authorities after he left.
Police arrested Routh at his Lancaster home at about 8 p.m.
A motive for the killings remains unknown, but a friend of Kyle’s told CBS Radio that former Navy SEAL often helped fellow veterans by bonding with them while engaging in one of his favorite activities at the gun range.
Kyle wrote the best-selling book, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” and helped establish the FITCO Cares foundation, which donates fitness equipment to veterans.
KTVT reports Kyle is survived by his wife, Taya, and two children.