Police Confronted NFL Player Before Murder, Suicide

4:51 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
Kansas City Chiefs Player Jovan Belcher
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Rachel George and Lindsay H. Jones, USA TODAY Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A 911 call was placed approximately five hours before Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his live-in girlfriend on Saturday.

Kansas City police responded to a call at approximately 2:50 a.m. CT on Saturday as someone reported a suspicious car and occupant on the 700 block of East Armour Boulevard, KCPD spokesman Darin Snapp told USA TODAY Sports Tuesday.
Officers found Belcher, 25, asleep in his Bentley. Belcher was cooperative when asked to step out of the vehicle and present his ID, Snapp said. He told the officers he was waiting for his girlfriend, who lived in the building.

Police asked Belcher to call his girlfriend, and a woman came to the door of the six-story, brick apartment building and let him in. Police did not seek the identity of the woman.
Neighbors identified her to the New York Post as Brittni Glass, who told the newspaper that she was with Belcher that night.Belcher shot Kasandra Perkins, his long-time girlfriend and mother of his three-month old daughter, later on Saturday morning at their home on Crysler Avenue before fatally shooting himself outside the Chiefs' training facility shortly after.

Officers responding to the early morning call on East Armour Boulevard noted that Belcher had been drinking, Snapp said, "but he wasn't stumbling or slurring his words."

The involvement of another woman is the latest detail to emerge into Belcher's final hours and what might have prompted his actions on Saturday.

The Kansas City Star, citing police, reported on Tuesday that the Chiefs were providing counseling for Belcher and Perkins over continuing relationship problems.
As the couple argued on Saturday morning, Belcher's mother, Cheryl Shepherd, heard her son scream, "You can't talk to me like that!" followed by gunfire, according to the report. Citing multiple police sources, The Star wrote that Belcher leaned over Perkins' body, said he was sorry and kissed her on the forehead.

He apologized to his mother - who was visiting from New York to take care of the baby - before kissing his daughter and fleeing to the Chiefs' training facility, the paper wrote.

Police Sgt. Richard Sharp told the newspaper that the organization was aware of the couple's problems and was "bending over backward" to help.

The gravity of what Belcher had done likely sunk in as he made the 10-minute drive from the couple's home to Arrowhead Stadium, Sharp told The Star.

"He probably realized he had done something and he couldn't go back," he said.

Sharp could not immediately be reached by USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.

The police are expected to release their report to the Jackson County district attorney this week. More information about the events that led to Perkins and Belcher's deaths will be made public after the DA's office reviews and closes the case.



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