Breaking News Kansas City Chiefs player fatally shoots himself, police say

Posted: December 1, 2012 in Sports

jovanKansas City Chiefs Jovan Belcher player died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday morning at the team’s training facility, Kansas City Police communications supervisor Kathy Childs said.

The shooting occurred at 8:10 a.m. local time at the team’s facility near Arrowhead Stadium, Childs said. She said police know the name of the player, but declined to release his name since the shooting was still under investigation.

The player was also suspected in a related shooting of a young woman at a nearby resident, Kansas City Police spokesman Darin Snapp told’s Albert Breer.

“About (7:50 a.m), we got a call to a residence, in regards to a shooting, on the 5400 block of Crysler Ave.,” Snapp said by phone. “We arrived and the lady there informed us that her daughter had been shot by her on-again, off-again boyfriend. The young woman was taken to a local hospital, where she died a short time later.

“At about 8:10 a.m., we received a call to the Arrowhead practice facility in regards to a black male armed with a gun in the parking lot, and he matched the description of the shooting suspect,” Snapp continued. “Officers arrived, saw a black man with a gun to his head, and some Chiefs employees. As the officer got out of his car, he heard a gunshot. It appeared the individual shot himself. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

Snapp said the shooting occurred outside the front doors of the facility. The player’s name will not be released until family is notified, Snapp said.

The Chiefs have released a statement in regard to the incident:

“We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”

The Chiefs are scheduled to play host to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.


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