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 and don’t know who she is, he 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.
SEAHAWKS: Offensive lineman James Carpenter, a former Hephzibah star, will miss the rest of the season after being placed on the reserve/non-football illness list.
Carpenter left Sunday’s game after feeling pain in his surgically repaired left knee. Details on what constitutes the non-football illness were not immediately available.
STEELERS: Coach Mike Tomlin said cornerback Ike Taylor’s 135-game streak will end after Taylor sustained a fractured right ankle in last weekend’s 23-20 win over Baltimore. Taylor will likely be out at least two weeks.
Tomlin is a little more optimistic Ben Roethlisberger’s sprained right shoulder will be good enough to play Sunday.
REDSKINS: Cornerback Cedric Griffin was suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances. Griffin will miss the rest of the regular season.
PACKERS: Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr collapsed during a speech in Madison, Wis., on Tuesday. Conference organizers say he appears to be OK.
PATRIOTS: Placed wide receiver Julian Edelman on injured reserve with a foot injury and signed Donte’ Stallworth at that position.
CARDINALS: Released Todd Heap, bringing an end to the tight end’s brief, injury-plagued time in the desert.
LIONS: A Mobile, Ala., municipal judge has dismissed a misdemeanor marijuana charge against defensive tackle Nick Fairley.