Po­lice found Belcher asleep

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KANSAS CITY, MO. — Kansas City Chiefs line­backer Jo­van Belcher told of­fi­cers who found him sleep­ing in his car out­side an apart­ment com­plex hours be­fore he com­mit­ted a mur­der-sui­cide that he was there to visit a woman he de­scribed as his “girl­friend,” but that she wasn’t home.

The apart­ment com­plex is about 10 miles from the Kansas City home Belcher shared with 22-year-old Kasan­dra Perkins, the mother of their 3-month-old daugh­ter Zoey. Belcher shot Perkins at their home Satur­day morn­ing be­fore driv­ing to Ar­row­head Sta­dium, where he com­mit­ted sui­cide in the prac­tice fa­cil­ity’s park­ing lot, po­lice said.

Po­lice re­sponded to a report about 2:50 a.m. Satur­day of a man sleep­ing in his car out­side an apart­ment build­ing, po­lice spokesman Darin Snapp said Tues­day. When po­lice ap­proached the car, Belcher got out of the ve­hi­cle and was co­op­er­a­tive, Snapp said.

“We ask him ‘Why are you sleep­ing here?’, and he says he’s there to visit his girl­friend, but she’s not home,” Snapp said.

When po­lice de­ter­mined Belcher didn’t have any out­stand­ing war­rants, Snapp said Belcher, 25, made a phone call and a short time later, a woman let Belcher into her build­ing. Po­lice did not ques­tion the woman, Snapp said.

“When he was sleep­ing she may have come home, and he didn’t re­al­ize,” Snapp said. “He was very co­op­er­a­tive and thanked the of­fi­cers.”

Snapp said that was the last con­tact po­lice had with Belcher “un­til his name came up” with the shoot­ing at his home.

Wit­nesses have since told po­lice that Belcher stayed at that apart­ment un­til 6:30 a.m., Snapp said.

At about 7:50 a.m., po­lice were called to Belcher’s home af­ter he had shot and killed Perkins, whose body was found on the floor of the master bath­room with mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice in­ci­dent report.

Belcher then drove about five miles to Ar­row­head Sta­dium, where he was met by gen­eral man­ager Scott Pioli and coach Romeo Cren­nel, who Belcher thanked for all they had done for him. When po­lice ar­rived, Belcher moved be­hind a ve­hi­cle, out of clear view of of­fi­cers, Snapp said. He said Belcher then knelt down and shot him­self once in the head.

Belcher played col­lege foot­ball at the Univer­sity of Maine, where he re­peat­edly was the sub­ject of univer­sity po­lice re­ports.

In April 2006, Belcher punched his fist through a dorm win­dow af­ter be­com­ing up­set over a woman, doc­u­ments stated.

And in Fe­bru­ary 2007, a noise com­plaint was lodged af­ter “a dis­cus­sion out­side of his room” be­tween Belcher and a woman. The report says “both stated that she was to con­tact him by 23:00 hours and did not. He be­came wor­ried and when she did show up he told her that he did not want to see her un­til the morn­ing.”

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