Belcher legally owned guns used to kill girlfriend, himself

by DeAnn Smith and Sandra Olivas,  |  published on December 5, 2012

Jovan Belcher’s inexplicable actions in a matter of minutes Saturday morning has sparked a national conversation about guns, domestic violence, brain injuries in the NFL, teammates honoring a killer and other issues.

Belcher legally obtained the gun he used to riddle his girlfriend’s body with bullets while his mother and infant daughter were inside the home. He then hastily drove to a parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium where he put a different gun to his head and pulled the trigger in front of a horrified head coach Romeo Crennel, general manager Scott Pioli and defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs, who was also Belcher’s position coach. According to a police report, Belcher, who had thanked the Chiefs leaders for their support, pulled the trigger after he saw officers moving into place.

Belcher legally bought both handguns at an area gun shop and were both were registered to him, Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said Monday night. Belcher for sport had gone target shooting at a gun range in the Kansas City area.

This revelation came as Maine media outlets reported domestic violence issues involving Belcher while he attended the University of Maine. He punched out a dormitory window, bloodying his hand, after he became upset over a girlfriend.

The Chiefs organization in recent weeks had been providing counseling to Belcher and Kasandra Perkins, who had been having relationship problems and arguments over money, according to the Kansas City Star, KCTV5’s reporting partner. Belcher’s mother had recently moved from New York to live with them to help them care for their 3-month-old daughter, Zoey.

The night before the killings, Perkins had attended a concert downtown with friends and Belcher had “partied” at the Power and Light District, police said. Perkins reportedly arrived home after 1 a.m. and the couple argued over how late she was out.

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