LANCASTER - The man suspected in the shooting deaths of Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield was previously taken into custody and placed in a psychiatric hospital after a 2012 incident in which he threatened to kill himself and his family, read a Lancaster police report.
According to the affidavit, Eddie Routh, 25, was transported to Green Oaks Psychiatric Hospital for a mental evaluation on September 2, 2012.
On that day, Jodi Routh, Eddie's mother, called police out to her residence in the 200 block of W. Sixth St. in Lancaster. She told police her son became argumentative and threatened to "blow his brains out" after his father said he was going to sell his gun.
When an officer arrived on the scene, he discovered a distraught Routh walking near the residence without shoes or a shirt. In the report, the officer said Routh was crying and smelled of alcohol.
Routh, a Marine veteran, told the officer he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.
"Eddie stated that he was hurting and that his family does not understand what he has been through," the affidavit read.
The report did not reveal the results of the mental evaluation or how long Routh stayed at the hospital.
The incident took place exactly five months before his arrest Saturday night.
Routh allegedly shot Kyle and Littlefield Saturday afternoon while at a gun range at the Rough Creek Lodge in Erath County. Both victims were found by a hunting guide nearly two hours after the three men went to the remote shooting range together.
Routh was later tracked down to his home in Lancaster, where he escaped in a vehicle. He was captured following a brief chase with police.
Routh is being held on a $3 million bond.