The lead sheriff who investigated the murder of American hero, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, was found dead overnight.
Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant led the investigation into the 2013 murder of Kyle by Eddie Ray Routh, who Kyle had been helping with PTSD after he left the military. According to the Dallas Morning News, Bryant was found with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, but there really doesn’t appear to be a good reason for it.
More from the Morning News:
The death occurred about 12:05 a.m. Tuesday at Bryant’s house in Stephenville, according to a Texas Rangers statement sent by Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel.
The Texas Rangers are investigating his death at the request of the Stephenville Police Department. Haschel said the statement did not include Bryant’s cause of death.
Bryant’s death is less than one week after reports surfaced that the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement was investigating him for allegedly cheating on his continuing education training, yourstephenvilletx.com reports. He served as sheriff for nearly 20 years in Erath County, which is about 80 miles southwest of Fort Worth.
The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement reprimanded Bryant in March for not completing a 40-hour continued education training course. The training is required by the Legislature to keep law enforcement officials up to date on changes to laws, yourstephenvilletx.com reported last week.
Bryant told the news site he didn’t even realize he hadn’t finished the training until he returned from a Sheriff’s Association of Texas conference over the summer. He said the next thing he knew, former sheriff’s Deputy Cameron Ray had taken the course for him to get him caught up.
Weird, right? It makes no sense that a veteran officer would commit suicide over missing some continuing education classes.
This is a developing story, so we’ll keep you updated if anything changes.