Police ID man killed in Arrowhead Stadium lot
It could take four to six weeks before authorities can determine
how a man died after an altercation in the parking lot of Arrowhead
Stadium during Kansas City’s game against Denver, police said
The man was identified as Kyle A. Vanwinkle, 30, of Smithville.
An examination of Vanwinkle’s body did not show obvious signs of
trauma, Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said in an emailed
Snapp said a man who owned a Jeep and his son returned to the
vehicle during Sunday’s game and found a man ”who did not belong”
inside, which led to a fight between the owner and Vanwinkle.
Police responded to a disturbance call in Lot A at Truman Sports
Complex, where Arrowhead Stadium is located, and found Vanwinkle on
the ground unconscious. Three people were taken into custody Sunday
evening, but all were released Monday afternoon with no charges
Snapp said investigators are awaiting autopsy and toxicology
reports before deciding whether Vanwinkle’s death was the result of
”We don’t know if the person had a health condition, had a
heart attack. We don’t know,” Snapp said Sunday. ”We’re going to
investigate this as a homicide until we hear differently. Right now
it’s a suspicious death but we are going to investigate it as a
It wasn’t clear whether the men knew each other, or whether the
Jeep owner had been in the stadium or was outside tailgating with
other fans. Arrowhead has a no re-entry policy, meaning anyone who
left the closely contested game would not have been allowed to come
Officers searched a suburban Kansas City home Monday morning
after investigators learned evidence in the man’s death might be
found there, Snapp said. He declined to provide further
Ted Crews, a spokesman for the Chiefs, said the team was aware
of the incident but could not comment further because of the police
The death came one year to the day after Chiefs linebacker Jovan
Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, on Dec.
1, 2012, at a home not far from the stadium. Belcher then drove to
the team’s practice facility and fatally shot himself in front of
then-coach Romeo Crennel and general manager Scott Pioli.
In September 2012, a gunman attacked a Kansas City Royals
employee in the same parking lot, which also services Kauffman
Stadium. The shooting took place several hours before the scheduled
start of the Royals’ game, which went on as scheduled.
AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta and freelance writer Geoffrey
Calvert contributed to this report.