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  • 4 February 2013, 23:22

US Sniper Murder Suspect On Suicide Watch

An Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former US Navy Seal sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range has been put on suicide watch.

Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was shocked with a stun gun and restrained in his jail cell overnight after becoming aggressive, Sheriff Tommy Bryant said.

Routh is charged with one count of capital murder and two counts of murder in the shooting deaths of 38-year-old Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield, 35, at a shooting range in Glen Rose.

He is being held on $3m (ú1.9m) bond.

Routh, a member of the Marine Corps Reserve, appeared ready to assault jail workers when they entered his solitary confinement cell because he refused to return his food tray, Mr Bryant said.

After warnings, staff used a stun gun once and then put Routh in a chair that restrained his arms and legs.

Mr Bryant said Routh has a lawyer but has not met him at the prison in Stephenville, about 75 miles southwest of Fort Worth, and he has not said anything to investigators.

Authorities say the three men arrived at the sprawling Rough Creek Lodge on Saturday, and a hunting guide discovered the bodies of Mr Kyle and Mr Littlefield about two hours later.

Erath County Sheriff's Captain Jason Upshaw saidáRouth drove to his sister's house after the shootings and told her that he killed two people.

Mr Kyle, a decorated veteran, wrote the best-selling book called "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History," which detailed his 160 kills of insurgents from 1999 to 2009.

Travis Cox, the director of a non-profit company started by Mr Kyle to aid wounded veterans, said the former Seal and Mr Littlefield had accompanied Routh to the gun range to "give him a helping hand".

Mr Cox said Routh had been "struggling with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)".

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