Alleged confrontation with Jesse Ventura
While promoting his book on the Opie and Anthony Radio Show on January 4, 2012, Kyle claimed to have knocked down former Governor of Minnesota and Underwater Demolition Team member Jesse Ventura with a punch to the face at a popular Navy SEAL bar in Coronado, California in 2006 after Ventura had “badmouthed the troops” and said that the SEALs "deserved to lose a few guys." The alleged incident occurred during a wake for Michael A. Monsoor, a Navy SEAL who was killed in action in Iraq the same year. Ventura released a statement on his Facebook page calling Kyle’s claims completely false, denying he said anything derogatory about the troops, and also denying Kyle’s claim of punching him in the face or even having met Chris Kyle. Kyle said that two Navy SEALs had come forward with the story but no police report has ever existed. At the time of Kyle's death, Ventura was suing Kyle for defamation in court, and the lawsuit was still pending.
Kyle was reportedly killed February 2, 2013 at the Rough Creek Lodge shooting range in Erath County, Texas. Local police captured the suspect Eddie Ray Routh, after a short freeway chase, which ended when Routh, who had left the scene of the shootings in Kyle's Ford F-150 truck, crashed into a police cruiser. He was arrested just before 9:00 p.m. the same day in Lancaster, Texas.
Want DP delivered to your inbox daily? Subscribe here: