FORT WORTH, Texas — The Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range had to be shocked with a stun gun and restrained in his jail cell overnight after becoming aggressive, a sheriff said Monday.
Eddie Ray Routh, 25, is on suicide watch in the Erath County Jail, where he’s being held on $3 million bond, Sheriff Tommy Bryant said.
Routh is charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of Chris Kyle, author of the best-selling book ‘‘American Sniper,’’ and his friend Chad Littlefield at a shooting range Saturday in Glen Rose.
Routh, a member of the Marines Corps Reserve, appeared ready to assault jailers Sunday night when they entered his solitary confinement cell because he refused to return his food tray, Bryant said. After warnings, jailers used a stun gun once and then put Routh in a chair that restrains his arms and legs, Bryant said.
Bryant said Routh has a lawyer but has not met with him at the jail in Stephenville.
Authorities say the three men arrived at the Rough Creek Lodge on Saturday afternoon, and a hunting guide discovered the bodies of Kyle and Littlefield about two hours later and called 911. Bryant said Sunday that the men were shot more than once.
Routh drove Kyle’s pickup to his sister’s house in Midlothian and told her that he killed two people, and she called police, Erath County Sheriff’s Captain Jason Upshaw said. Routh was arrested after a short police pursuit in Lancaster, near his home.