KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Police say Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher spent some of his final hours sleeping in his car outside the home of another woman whom he described as his ”girlfriend.”
Police spokesman Darin Snapp said Tuesday that the woman’s apartment complex was about 10 miles from the home where Belcher shot and killed the mother of his 3-month-old daughter, 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins. Belcher then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and killed himself in front of team officials.
Snapp says the officers who found Belcher sleeping in his car around 2:50 a.m. Saturday determined that he didn’t have any outstanding warrants. He says Belcher made a phone call and that a woman let him into the building a few minutes later.
Chiefs officials knew that linebacker Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend were having relationship problems, and the team provided the couple with counseling in an effort to help, a police official said.
Police Sgt. Richard Sharp told The Kansas City Star for a Tuesday story that the couple had been arguing over relationship and financial issues for months and that the team had been ”bending over backward” trying to help them. Sharp didn’t specify how long the couple had been undergoing counseling.
The Star reported that seconds after fatally shooting his longtime girlfriend, Belcher leaned over her in their master bathroom, said he was sorry and kissed her on the forehead. After hearing the gunfire as she stood in the kitchen, Belcher’s mother rushed to her son’s bedroom and watched his remorseful goodbye, according to the newspaper.
The Star, which cited police multiple police sources, also reported that Belcher apologized to his mother, kissed his 3-month-old daughter and fled his rented home in the 5400 block of Crysler Avenue in his Bentley.
When Belcher arrived at Arrowhead on Saturday, he encountered Chiefs GM Scott Pioli in the parking lot and told him the assistance the team had offered hadn’t fixed the couple’s problems and now ”it was too late,” police told The Star.
Pioli tried to persuade Belcher to put down his gun as Crennel and linebackers coach Gary Gibbs arrived at the scene.
Belcher thanked the men for everything the team had done for him and asked if Pioli and team owner Clark Hunt would take care of his daughter, The Star reported.
After that, Belcher reportedly said, ”Guys, I have to do this.”
”I was trying to get him to understand that life is not over,” Crennel said Monday. ”He still has a chance and let’s get this worked out.”
When Belcher heard police sirens approaching, he knelt behind a vehicle and shot himself in the head.
Investigators believe Belcher killed himself because he was distraught over shooting Perkins, Sharp said.
”He cared about her,” Sharp said. ”I don’t think he could live with himself.”
The night before the killings, Perkins had attended a concert downtown with friends and Belcher had been out at the Power and Light District, police said, while Belcher’s mother was watching their 3-month-old baby. Detectives don’t know exactly what the couple was arguing about but The Star reported that Belcher was upset that Perkins had stayed out so late.
Autopsies with toxicology tests were performed on both bodies but it could be weeks before results are known, police said.
Police spokesman Darin Snapp said Monday that Belcher’s mother was given temporary custody of the couple’s daughter.