SAN DIEGO – The man who trained a Navy SEAL sniper killed over the weekend at a Texas gun range talked about the character of his former student Monday.
Decorated SEAL Chris Kyle, known as America’s most lethal sniper, was with another Marine trying help a veteran who was having problems post-traumatic stress disorder when he was murdered. His body was discovered alongside the Marine’s on a gun range in Texas.
Former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb,author of “The Red Circle,” trained Kyle to be a sniper while he was based in Coronado.
“Everybody loved him, and it was no surprise to any instructor that he was as successful as he was at his job,” Webb said.
Kyle was known as America’s most lethal sniper, with over 150 confirmed kills. He wrote a best-selling memoir “American Sniper.”
“Chris never liked to talk about the number shots that he took. It was always about the lives that he saved,” Webb said.
Kyle transitioned out of the military and started an organization to support veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Police arrested 25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh as the suspected murderer. Since being in police custody, Routh was placed in isolation after allegedly attacking an inmate. His bail is set at $3 million.