Two people are in police custody after an apparent robbery turned deadly during the Chiefs-Broncos game this afternoon. The death of the man came on the one-year anniversary of the day Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered the mother of his young daughter and then drove to the Chiefs' team parking lot — a short walk from the scene of today's death — and killed himself in front of witnesses.
Kansas City Police Department Chief Darryl Forte first tweeted the news at 7:06 p.m. local time, around 20 minutes after the game ended.
Sources told KCTV that the death may have occurred as a result of a robbery caught in the act:
Police sources tell KCTV5 that a man and his son had gone to their Jeep during the game. When they arrived, they found a man who they say they didn't know sitting inside the SUV. Detectives are working to determine whether the man had broken into the vehicle or was mistakenly in the wrong vehicle.
A fight then broke out among the three men. The man who was found in the Jeep collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where he would die. The man was described as in his mid 20s.
Officers said they aren't aware of any other break-ins at Arrowhead on Sunday.
Kansas City police Officer Darrin Snapp said an autopsy will be crucial to understanding the potential crime since the man wasn't stabbed or shot. Hospital officials didn't find signs of a significant struggle on his body.
"The main thing we're trying to figure out now is exactly how this person died. The hospital says there's no obvious signs of how he passed away, so we're still waiting on that. We're going to investigate it as a homicide until we find out exactly how the person died," Snapp said.
Two suspects are in custody, and their identities have not been disclosed.