Elite Navy SEAL slain in Erath County; suspect arrested 03 Feb 2013 Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL who became known as the deadliest U.S. sniper, was one of two men murdered on Saturday afternoon at a gun range in Erath County. Three sources confirmed to News 8 that Kyle -- who served in every major battle during Operation Iraqi Freedom -- was among the shooting victims at Rough Creek Lodge, 53 miles southwest of Fort Worth. The identity of the second victim was not available late Saturday night. Security guards were posted at the resort's gate. Eddie Routh, 25, is in custody in connection with the shootings.