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Man charged in fatal shooting of ex-SEAL sniper Chris Kyle

Eddie Ray Routh has been charged with murder in connection with a shooting at a Texas gun range that killed former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend.

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In this 2012 photo, former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, author of the book “American Sniper,” poses in Midlothian, Texas. Kyle was fatally shot along with another man on a gun range Saturday.

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[UPDATE 2:40 pm ET: The man charged with killing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and a second man at a Texas shooting range is reported to be a former US Marine who had been deployed to Iraq and was being helped by Kyle and others for post-traumatic stress disorder.]

A 25-year-old man was charged with murder in connection with a shooting at a central Texas gun range that killed former Navy SEAL and "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and his friend, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Sunday.

Sgt. Lonny Haschel said in a news release that 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh of Lancaster was arraigned Saturday evening on two counts of capital murder.

Haschel said Erath County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a shooting at the Rough Creek Lodge, west of Glen Rose, at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Police found the bodies of Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, at the shooting range. Glen Rose is about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Police said Routh opened fire on Kyle and Littlefield around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, then fled in a Ford pickup truck. At about 8 p.m., Routh arrived at his home in Lancaster, about 17 miles southeast of Dallas. Police arrested him after a brief pursuit and took him to the Lancaster Police Department.

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