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

a crime.

”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

back inside.

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.