Police Say Belcher Legally Owned Gun Used in Murder-Suicide
Kansas City, MO
Authorities have determined that the gun used by Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher to kill his girlfriend and himself was legally owned.
According to Kansas City Police spokesman Darin Snapp, Belcher legally purchased the gun he used in both shootings Saturday.
"We know he owned more than one gun. He wasn't a collector, but he had several," Snapp told USA Today, but refused to say how many guns police found at the home.
For their protection, the NFL allows players to legally own a firearm or other weapon.
"If you choose to own a gun, the NFL strongly encourages you to do so lawfully and responsibly by seeking out appropriate firearms training and ensuring that the weapon is securely stored in your home," the NFL policy said.
Initial investigation revealed that Belcher fired multiple shots at Kasandra Perkins after an argument at their home.
Belcher then drove to the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility and talked to Chiefs general manager Scott Piolo, head coach Romeo Crennel and an assistant coach in the parking lot.
Then, Belcher stepped behind the wheel of his black Bentley and shot himself once in the head.
Both Belcher and Perkins were pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital.
After completing their investigation, Kansas City police will turn over their reports to the Jackson County District Attorney's office in coming days.
The Kansas City Medical Examiner's Office completed autopsies on the bodies of both Belcher and Perkins Monday. The coroner will release a full report in more than a month, including results of toxicology tests.
Meanwhile, Chiefs players plan to start a fund to financially support the infant daughter of Belcher and Perkins.
Zoey, who was born Sept. 11, is now an orphan and is being cared for by a grandmother.
"Without having either parent in her life now, I think it's important that she understands the type of love that she should get from a family," Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn said. "And Jovan was part of our family, and we try to take care of our own."
Quinn said the team plans to allow the public to also make donations.
Kansas City, Missouri police have released audio of dispatchers after Javon Belcher of the NFL's Chiefs shot and killed his girlfriend, then took his own life at Arrowhead Stadium
Police Dispatches Released in Chiefs Shooting
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