Here’s What American Sniper Chris Kyle Said About His Killing Two Men at a Gas Station in 2009

Photo from NBC’s “Stars Earn Stripes”

Chris Kyle was incredible. He was simply an incredible, real-life action hero. Before his death, he was already known as the deadliest sniper in American history and as a best-selling author. Since his death, a few reporters have heard trickles of other stories. Around Midlothian, one story in particular has been raising eyebrows. It goes something like this: when he was first back from Iraq, in 2009, Chris Kyle killed two armed men who were attempting to carjack him at a gas station.

I first heard this story more than a year ago. It hasn’t made the news much. There was a brief mention in Marcus Luttrell’s second book. And now the Star-Telegram has a blog item mentioning the story and how difficult it is to confirm. Well, as it turns out, I’ve been working on a story about Chris Kyle for about nine months. We talked regularly, mostly about the challenges and triumphs of his transition home. I first asked him about the story last summer, during an interview in his Dallas office. I said: “Now, I have to ask you about an incident that I’ve heard about. I heard it happened at a gas station.”

He said: “You mean the time I shot two guys trying to steal my truck?” 

I sat there stunned for a few seconds. The incredible story I’d heard, I figured there was no way it was true.

“It’s true,” he said.

He proceeded to tell me about that day. It was in January 2009, just weeks after he retired from the Navy. It was cold that morning, and he was wearing a heavy winter coat. He was driving his truck — his now famous black F350 with the large rims and impressive grill — when he needed to stop for gas. He pulled into a station right off highway 67.

As he got out of the truck, two men approached. Both had guns in their hands. One pointed his weapon at Kyle. They told him to hand over his keys. Kyle was out of the truck, on the passenger’s side.

“I told them I would get them the keys,” he told me. “I told them they were in the truck and to just let me reach in.”

He noticed the man pointing the gun didn’t seem very confident. Kyle knew what confidence with a gun looked like.

As Kyle turned, leaning into the open passenger door of the truck, he reached into his own waistband. With his right hand, he grabbed his Colt 1911. He fired two shots under his left armpit, hitting the first guy twice in the chest. Then he turned slightly and fired twice more, hitting the second man twice in the chest. Both men fell dead.

Kyle leaned on his truck and waited for the police.

He said he was later told that trucks like his are very popular among car thieves because they’re frequently taken over the Mexican border. He said they’d passed up the car in front of his, even though it was a relatively new Cadillac.

Kyle told me that the entire incident was caught on the gas station’s surveillance cameras. He said he gave the responding officers a phone number to call. Presumably someone high up in the government explained to the officers who Kyle was. He said the officers were very understanding, that they didn’t want to drag a just-home, highly decoratated veteran into a messy legal situation that would surely draw a harsh media spotlight.

Kyle told me that he knew the tape was out there somewhere, because he would randomly get emails from police officers all over the country, thanking him for “cleaning up the streets.”

Several of Kyle’s friends were familiar with the incident, and they had heard virtually the same story. After our talk, I called the police chiefs of several towns along 67. Most of them had heard of the incident. One, speaking only on background, said he knew some of his men had at least seen the tape. But request after request provided no police reports and no tape.

We’ve debated here at the office exactly how to handle this. Honestly, I wanted to tell the entire world about it on the afternoon it was confirmed. But I always wanted to tell that story in the context of a larger story about Chris Kyle, about his service, about the amazing things he’s done for other veterans, and about how hard he worked to adjust back to this world — to become the great husband and father and Christian he’d always wanted to be.

Now that the story is coming out in other places, though, it needed to be confirmed. So consider this story confirmed from the man himself. In every sense of the word, Chris Kyle was a true American badass.

179 comments on “Here’s What American Sniper Chris Kyle Said About His Killing Two Men at a Gas Station in 2009

  1. And if they had killed him would his life be worth less than the truck? It was justified.

  2. chatter in the law enforcement community about this matter. None. Zip (with the exception of the talk about this being a hoax that is). Cleburne PD has already declared this a hoax, as has the Johnson County DA’s office. No news, no chatter, no bodies, no “officers” identified, no nothing. Why? Because it never happened.
    Chris Kyle was a great American. He was a hero, and I hope that he rests in peace.
    But he also had a good imagination and was a good storyteller.

  3. Listen folks, this has all the earmarks of an urban myth. Think for a minute. The cops arrive, don’t write a police report and do what with the two bodies? Assuming that there were bodies, the ambulance crew(s) or coroners employees cart the bodies off to where? The bodies would have went to the coroner’s office. Then every employee in that office agree to keep a double homicide under wraps. How many killings do they handle a year that something this extraordinary can be hushed up? The folks working at the gas station and every other person/customer at the scene of the shooting decide that they also will keep this spectacular killing a secret. The robbers had no mothers, fathers, or other relative that would have come forth to the media after their relatives were killed? It’s too much. If this would have happened everyone in the tri-county area that knew about it would have been calling the newspapers and trying to get their face on TV. C’mon. Marcus Luttrell should know better. BTW, I read both his books and they were good.

  4. No it was not ok just because he was a veteran, it was ok because they were armed and up to no good; eho knows what they intended to do if he did not turn the keys over. It is stupid people like you that makes it si hard to get America back to its roots, and thats why criminals have more rights than law abiding citizens.

  5. Confirmed? Then where are the security videos or police/coroner reports? Never happened. This guy was a liar. I knew a–hole marines like this who faked their way into purple heart citations and plastered the vinyl stickers all over their vehicle windows and license plates (WERBLACK AND PECK, 3/1, OIF VI). Any service member who is compelled to write a book in order to brag about how awesome he is should not be trusted, and none of us did. Hero doesn’t describe this man, but “idiot liar” does.

  6. What a crock of complete crap. Since when does local authority take orders from some DOD phone voice? Since when does the DOD have ANY authority over a sovereign state municipality? Since when does a good Christian man get his rocks off offing people for a living? Can you provide a contextual scriptural reference that justifies his actions? Hint: I’ve spent the last four years at a conservative bible college, and the answer is no.

    Chris Kyle was a liar chock full of bravado that he wanted the world to acknowledge. I would never trust a veteran who bragged as much as he and that moron Luttrel. Is this what the SEALs produce now? At least CAG, DEVGRU, and MRSOC keep to themselves.

    This story never happened. Chris Kyle pissed off some nutball Marine at a gun range and it turns out that all his bada– training and hyper-bravado couldn’t save him from the same thing that saved from a non-existent lethal car jacking.

  7. Don’t be proud of this fake. I knew a–hole marines who had the same mentality and faked their way into purple heart citations over a bs ied toe-popper. I was the “medic” who responded and helped the evac occur. Kyle and Luttrel fit that exact mold. These morons aren’t heroes, their attention starved, profit seeking bastards who take advantage of their pseudo status as fox news war legends. FAKE LIARS.

  8. Way to not question the tenets of this fake story. A guy guns down two individuals with a 45; when the cops show up, a magical tag on Kyle’s police BFT ID says “call this number for further instruction;” the governor AND the DOD then convince the police to let it slide.

    What?! Wtf is wrong with you? Where are the witnesses, tapes, bodies, or reports? Why does this sound like a crappy hollywood-reject narrative? Are we also supposed to believe that Marcus Luttrel is a bada– because he wrestled alligators for fun? What kind of morons and idiots turn off their sense of logic and reason when they read this garbage?

  9. “God bless his service on the battlefield”

    annnnnnnddd this is why 1) people hate Christianity and 2) why Iraq was full of Syrian kids who crossed the border just to take shots at us and bury IEDs on our MSRs. Go f-ck yourself.

  10. When you look into kyle you begin seeing a house of lies. For whatever reason kyle felt he needed to bolster himself. I gather it was for self promotion. Too bad his pride in killing women and children in Iraq isn’t a lie. Even his own people didnt like that.

  11. Feel free to ‘confirm’ the name of the two dead guys. Because according to real investigative journalists, the coroner has never heard of this and the police have no record of anything like that happening in their jurisdiction in the claimed month. Kyle lied about Ventura and he lied about this, and he also lied about going down to New Orleans during Katrina with a sniper buddy and shooting looters.

  12. They got just what they was looking for that was goodie for they asses, because they didn’t have no business, trying to rob no one……….

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  14. You sound like a true pathetic tool. He didn’t live by the sword, he did something most and certainly you could never do, put others lives ahead of his own. A trained SEAL or anyone with that extensive training, though rare for most could stop an armed robbery. I’ve seen police officers overcome deadly situations and they have far less training than Chris did. As far as the information with the officer and the gas station, I don’t know the story. I can tell you officers use NCIC which is ran by the FBI and I wouldn’t be surprised if you ran his information it had a number to contact if you ran it. There are many names in the system that if you run them it will immediately notify high level government officials. He worked with the CIA so anything is possible and this account is certainly believable. JUST TO BE CLEAR HE DIDN’T KILL TO PEOPLE AS YOU SAY. HE PROTECTED HIMSELF WHICH EVERY AMERICAN HAS A RIGHT TO DO. HE STOPPED TWO MONSTERS WHO WERE WILLING TO PULL A LOADED GUN ON HIM AND MAY HAVE KILLED HIM. KEEP LIVING IN YOU’RE FAIRY TALE WORLD. This is why he could accomplish such things because someone like you would roll over and die in such a situation. You are a disgrace to yourself, family and country to even speak ill of a hero who has done more for you, you’re family and this country. He’s done more in his short time than you will ever be able to do in you’re entire life. A true coward will bash a hero and is afraid to post their name. At least Kyle would have at least had the balls to say what he thinks and doing it so everyone knows he said it, coward.

  15. “Odds are, he saved some innocent person from being killed by these guys in the future, but even if not – the world is a better place without them.”

    Odds are, he didn’t save anyone, because the perpetrators didn’t exist.

    Odds are, those two dead guys aren’t dead because, again, they didn’t exist.

    The B.S. that you people fall for is amazing. Like many things Chris said, this event did not happen.

  16. You’re crazy. The “writer” says the story was ‘confirmed.’ Some of those confirmations were from people who Chris told the same story to.

    If I told you I won $30 million, and someone came and asked you if I really won $30 million, and you said, “Yes, he told me I did,” does that actually confirm that I won $30 million? NO.

  17. People are stupid and will believe anything they want to believe, in the face of all common sense and lack of proof. This thread proves it. Anyone who believes the story isn’t stacked with brains.

  18. Friend of the family, you wrote more lies than anyone in this thread. What an insane story.

    And Army Rangers are not classified super-secret soldiers; they wear a frickin’ Ranger tab on your everyday uniform. You’re insane or just trolling.

  19. Why would there be a grand jury? If the tape showed the cops that he was legitimately defending himself then whats there to have an investigation about? I imagine there was a police report, but sounds like they are just not turning that report over. Why do they need to?

  20. Maybe not. I have a cousin who is highly ranked Delta force. And he has a tendency when home to travel around on a motorcycle with no ID and carrying a gun. Some years ago, he was in a motorcycle accident where he was knocked out. He awoke in the hospital with police wanting to know who this guy is who had no ID and a firearm on him. He gave them a number to call. They called it. And he left the hospital with his gun right after. No records, no further questions. It seem fantastic and “Hollywood”, but these special cases are indeed out there.

  21. No just because someone says it doesn’t mean its confirmed if you killed anyone…regardless of who they were you would be arrested and investigated for murder and the jury will decide if you are innocent or not

  22. sorry dome a@@s they haft to document all there kills when they kill some one and they don’t go in jail for shooting people in the war get it right before you go blabbing your mouth

  23. To all those who are sensitive about him killing the two guys….thats what thy get for being criminals! End of story!! Where I live if someone takes your car from you they shoot you anyway so you can’t identify them. It was kill or be killed in Chris’s situation and he did the world a favor by getting rid of those two wastes of sperm and eggs. If my state had permits to carry there would be less car jackings and less gang members.