Kansas City Chiefs' Belcher shoots girlfriend dead before killing himself at Arrowhead StadiumUnconfirmed reports that Jovan Belcher, 25, is the Kansas City Chief who shot and killed his girlfriend at their home
He then traveled to the team's Arrowhead stadium, where he shot himself in a practice areaBelcher and his girlfriend had a baby less than three months ago
18:01 GMT, 1 December 2012
A 25-year-old Kansas City Chiefs player shot his girlfriend early on Saturday morning, then drove to the team's Arrowhead Stadium and turned the gun on himself as two team officials were confronting him, police have said.
There are several unconfirmed media reports that the dead player is linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, originally from Long Island, New York. Belcher and his girlfriend had a baby less than three months ago on September 11.
Police spokesman Darin Snapp said authorities received a call from a woman who said her daughter had been shot multiple times at a residence about five miles away from the Arrowhead complex.
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There are unconfirmed reports that linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, is the footballer who shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself on Saturday morning
Crime scene: Authorities received a call Saturday morning from a woman who said her daughter had been shot multiple times at a residence five miles away from the Arrowhead complex
Upon arriving at the Arrowhead Stadium complex, police witnessed a black male in a car with a handgun to his head talking to two Chiefs officials
Belcher has been the Chiefs starting inside linebacker for the last two seasons after going undrafted in 2009
Snapp told KCTV5 that a call was then received from the Chiefs' practice facility.
After a confrontation with team personnel, in which they attempted to stop the player from committing additional acts of violence, he shot himself near the front doors of the practice area. Police heard the single gunshot as they arrived at the scene.
According to CBSSports.com, Chiefs Coach Romeo Crennel and General Manager Scott Pioli were outside the facility when Belcher took his own life. The player apparently 'thanked both men before taking his life, and that Pioli and Crennel did not feel threatened.'
Belcher had no history of violence according to those who knew him, had a strong relationship with Crennel and the incident has come as a surprise to the organization and many who knew Belcher well.
'We can confirm that there was an
incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning,' the Chiefs said in a
statement. 'We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.'
Belcher grew up on Long Island, New York and played for the Maine Black Bears in college. There, he was named first team All American in the Football Championship Subdivision.
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Jovan Belcher #59 stretches before a game against the Oakland Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium in 2009
Shooting: Arrowhead Stadium is home of the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City
After going undrafted in 2009, Belcher
agreed to a free agent contract with the Chiefs. In 2011, he
became a starting linebacker for the team. He had started 10 of 11
games at inside linebacker for the Chiefs this season.
The season has been a massive
disappointment for the Chiefs, who were expected to contend for the AFC
But they're just 1-10
and mired in an eight-game losing streak that has been marked by
devastating injuries and fan upheaval, with constant calls the past few
weeks for general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel to be
The Chiefs are scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.