Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend this morning before going to Arrowhead Stadium and fatally shooting himself as team personnel tried to stop him, police said.
Police Capt. David Lindaman said Belcher, 25, and his girlfriend, 22, got into an argument around 7 a.m. at their home in Kansas City. Around 7:50 a.m., Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times. She was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Following the shooting, Belcher to the Chiefs practice facility at Arrowhead. Police were called to the stadium around 8:10 a.m. When Belcher arrived there he encountered General Manager Scott Pioli, Coach Romeo Crennel and other team personnel. Police said Chiefs staff attempted to keep Belcher from committing additional acts of violence. When police arrived, they heard a gunshot and found that Belcher had shot himself in the head.
The Chiefs released the following statement: “We can confirm that there was an incident at Arrowhead earlier this morning. We are cooperating with authorites in their investigation.”
Belcher, originally from Long Island, N.Y., had been with the Chiefs for four years. He joined the team as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Maine. Belcher and his girlfriend had a three month old daughter.