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Details on Kansas City Chiefs player murder-suicide case

12/4/12 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Police officers found Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher sleeping in his car outside an apartment complex a few hours the murder-suicide incident, according to a police report released on Tuesday. Jovan Belcher told police officers that he was at the apartment complex to visit his “girlfriend” but ended up falling asleep while waiting in the car for her to return home.
 
The apartment complex in question is at a 10 miles distance from the residence Jovan Belcher shared with his 22-year old girlfriend, and mother of his 3-month-old daughter, Kasandra Perkins in Kansas City. Jovan Belcher shot Kasandra Perkins at their home Saturday morning, before committing suicide in the parking lot of the Arrowhead Stadium, according to police report.
 
The police initially came in contact with Jovan Belcher when they received a suspicious report around 2:50 a.m. on Saturday of a man sleeping outside an apartment complex, stated police spokesman Darin Snapp on Tuesday. But Jovan Belcher appeared very cooperative with the police officers at the scene and stepped out of the car without an ounce of resistance.
 
“We ask him `Why are you sleeping here?', and he says he's there to visit his girlfriend, but she's not home,” said Darin Snapp.
 
The police officers left after determining Jovan Belcher’s name didn’t standout in any outstanding warrants, and the Kansas City Chiefs player connected on a call with a woman shortly afterwards, who let him into the apartment. The unknown woman was not questioned by the police officers, said Darin Snapp.
 
“When he was sleeping she may have come home, and he didn't realize,” suggested Darin Snapp. “He was very cooperative and thanked the officers.”
 
Jovan Belcher remained at the apartment until 6:30 a.m., according to witnesses.
 
The police didn’t cross-paths with Jovan Belcher again until his name popped-up in a home shooting incident around 7:50 a.m. Kasandra Perkins was found dead on the floor of the master bedroom in the apartment, with multiple gunshot wounds.
 
A brief audio recording from the dispatch traffic released by the police on Tuesday includes a report of a 22-year-old woman being shot at an apartment “possibly by her son.”
 
Meanwhile Jovan Belcher took a five mile drive to Arrowhead Stadium, where he thanked Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Crennel for all the opportunities they gave him. When police officers approached, Jovan Belcher hid behind a vehicle in the parking lot, knelt to his knees, and committed suicide with a single shot to the head.
 
The incident is also cited in another segment of the traffic dispatch audio that reported an “unknown party at the (Kansas City Chiefs) practice field confronted the staff and they don't know what he's armed with.”
 
Two different legally registered weapons were used in the murder-suicide shooting, said Darin Snapp.
 
Close friends of the couple revealed that Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins had domestic issues and briefly separated before getting back together ahead of Thanksgiving.
 
A spokesman for Kansas City Chiefs said on Tuesday that he wasn’t aware if Jovan Belcher and Kasandra Perkins were taking counseling with the team.
 
Campus police reports dating back to Jovan Belcher’s time at University of Maine, now released to the police also include Belcher’s disputes and related disturbances all over some unknown woman.
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