Saturday, December 1, 2012

Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher kills himself, girlfriend

At the Kansas City Chiefs facility this morning, Chiefs LB Jovan Belcher killed himself. This was confirmed by Kansas City police. KCPD says the player thanked both Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel before taking his life, and that Pioli and Crennel did not feel threatened.

@AlbertBreer says: Spokesman said PD the girl's mother called them, her daughter had been shot by her "on-again, off-again bf". As the officer got out of his car, he heard a gunshot. Player was taken to local hospital, pronounced dead.

All officials have released on shooter remains he's a 25-year-old black male who plays for the Chiefs. 

Jason LaCanfora of CBS reports that LB Jovan Belcher was the guy that committed suicide. Belcher was a LB from Maine. He had played in 11 games this season for KC. Last year, he started every game at LB. He had 87 tackles in 2011; 84 in 2010.

@DannyParkins is reporting that the player apparently was confronted with coaches in the parking lot before he put the gun to his head and committed suicide. Other reports are saying Romeo Crennel and Scott Pioli were outside, unconfirmed.

@TeamACW reported at 8:15AM CT: (1/2) Anonymous caller claiming to be a policeman says authorities are headed to Arrowhead to arrest LB Jovan Belcher for allegedly shooting his mother. Surely, an extremely creative hoax. But the way things have gone for the this year...

Glazer is reporting all players have been asked to report to a team meeting. Jeff_Rosen88 (sports editor of the KC Star) is reporting a #Chiefs player killed his girlfriend and then himself. KCTV (CBS in KC) also reporting the shooting. 8am CT.

This is what they said: 

Police are investigating two deadly shootings Saturday morning that they said are related.
The shootings involve a Chiefs player and his girlfriend.
The first shooting was reported about 8 a.m. at a home near 54th Street and Chrysler Avenue. The second shooting was reported a short time later at a Chiefs practice facility located on the Arrowhead facility.
Officials said the Chiefs player shot and killed his girlfriend and then drove to the practice facility where he shot and killed himself.
It's unknown if people were at Arrowhead or any of its surrounding facilities at the time.

A set of tweets from @DannyParkins:

KCPD addressing the media outside of Arrowhead about a believed murder/suicide involving a player.
The player apparently was confronted with coaches in the parking lot before he put the gun to his head and committed suicide.
The player is believed to have killed a lady in her early 20's who was his girlfriend and then drove to the stadium.
Darin Snapp from KCPD confirms a 25 year old player killed himself in the parking lot outside the Arrowhead practice facility.
FOX TV crew was removed from Arrowhead just before 8am and the stadium has been on lockdown since. I was first local media here.

They are supposed to play the Carolina Panthers tomorrow. @josephperson reports: Panthers interim GM Brandon Beane says league has advised team to travel as planned. Team charter leaves at 1:15 pm.

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