Kansas City Chief’s Player Kills Girlfriend and Himself
Peter Aiken/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — A Kansas City Chiefs football player committed suicide on Saturday in front of his coaches and police outside of the team’s stadium, just as officers investigating the fatal shooting of the player’s girlfriend arrived on the scene, police said.
Jovan Belcher, the 25-year-old player, has been named by the Kansas City Police Department as the suicide victim.
Kansas City Police were first alerted something was wrong by the girlfriend’s mother.
“The individual that called, the mother of the victim, stated that her daughter’s boyfriend is the one who shot her and he is a Chiefs player,” Kansas City Police spokesman Darin Snapp told ABC News Radio.
Shortly thereafter, Snapp said the player drove to Arrowhead Stadium and police were called.
“When the officers arrived, when they were pulling up, they actually observed a black male who had a gun to his head and he was talking to a couple of coaches out in the parking lot,” Snapp said. “As officers pulled up, and began to park, that’s when they heard the gunshot and it appears the individual took his own life.”
Kansas City is scheduled to host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. It was not yet determined whether the game would be postponed.
In a statement issued to ESPN, the Kansas City Chiefs said they are “cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
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