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Navy SEAL shooting suspect suicidal

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Eddie Ray Routh Eddie Ray Routh
Chris Kyle (left) and Chad Littlefield (right) Chris Kyle (left) and Chad Littlefield (right)

The man accused of killing a former Navy SEAL is in trouble behind bars.

Eddie Ray Routh is locked up in the Erath County jail charged with two counts of capital murder.

Jailers reportedly stunned him after they said he tried to attack them following a dispute over a meal tray. He is now being held away from other inmates and being restrained in a chair.

With his bond set at $3 million, Routh will likely be there for a while.

He is accused of killing Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield. The three of them were at a charity event at a gun range Saturday in Glen Rose, southwest of Fort Worth.

Authorities said Routh shot the victims with a semi-automatic handgun multiple times. The arrest affidavit says he took off with Kyle's Ford pickup truck, then drove to his sister's house in Midlothian and confessed. The affidavit says he told her he had "traded his soul for a new truck."

After a conversation with police, he led officers on a pursuit which ended when officers disabled his vehicle with spike strips.

The 25-year-old suspect served in the Marines for four years. Family memebrs said he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

At the beginning of January Dallas police officers were sent to his home because he threatened to kill himself and his parents. Then on Jan. 19, they issued him a criminal trespass warning because he allegedly held his ex-girlfriend against her will.

He was taken to a mental health facility for an evaluation after each incident.

Routh's mom had allegedly asked Kyle to help him and it appears Kyle was trying to do just that when he was killed.

Kyle began working with veterans who have PTSD after returning home from his four tours of duty.

The former Navy SEAL was a prolific sniper. He received many commendations and wrote a best-selling book about his service.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

Littlefield's family asked for privacy at this time.

"Chad was a loving father and husband, a cherished son and brother, and a devoted friend to many. He will be missed," a spokesman said.

Condolences for Kyle, whom many call an American hero, are coming in from all over the country.

There have also been threats made on Routh's life.

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