Man Charged In Death Of Decorated Navy SEAL Now On Suicide Watch

Eddie Ray Routh (Jail photo)

STEPHENVILLE (February 4, 2013)—Eddie Ray Routh, 25, who’s charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of a decorated Navy SEAL and his friend, was shocked with a stun gun and restrained in his jail cell after becoming aggressive, Earth County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said Monday.

Routh is on suicide watch, Bryant said.

Bryant said Routh appeared ready to assault jailers Sunday night when they entered Routh's solitary confinement cell because he refused to return his food tray.

Bryant said after using the stun gun once, jailers put Routh in a chair that restrained his arms and legs.

The sheriff said Routh has an attorney, but hasn't met with him.

Bryant said Routh was unemployed and "may have been suffering from some type of mental illness from being in the military himself."

Routh, 25, of Lancaster, a former Marine, was charged Saturdayin the deaths of former Navy SEAL and author Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield, 35, who were shot with a semi-automatic handgun at the range at the Rough Creek Lodge.

Police said they believe Routh shot the two men at around 3:30 p.m. Saturday and then fled.

He was arrested at around 8 p.m. Saturday at his residence in Lancaster, police said.

An arrest warrant affidavit says Routh told a relative that he "traded his soul for a new truck."

Authorities said he was driving Kyle's pickup when he was arrested.

He, Kyle and Littlefield went to the range together.

Kyle, who called himself America’s most lethal sniper, co-wrote the book “American Sniper,” with Scott McEwen, who called Kyle “an amazing individual, a great patriot, (and) a great father.”

“It just doesn't make sense,” he said.

The book documents Kyle’s 150 sniper kills in Iraq.