Homicide

Man dies after fight at Arrowhead Stadium parking lot

Updated: 2013-12-02T17:15:10Z

By GLENN E. RICE

The Kansas City Star

A man was fatally injured in a fight after he was caught in someone else’s vehicle outside Arrowhead Stadium during the Chiefs-Broncos game Sunday.

Police had three persons of interest in custody and were talking to several witnesses. They were investigating the death in parking lot A of the Truman Sports Complex as a homicide.

Police spokesman Darin Snapp said the fight started after a man in his 20s got into the vehicle and was caught by the owner. The altercation ended with the stranger unconscious on the pavement.

Officers were called about 5:20 p.m. after the Fire Department had taken the man to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators said the cause of death was not obvious. The fight did not appear to be related to fan rivalry.

While detectives gathered evidence and spoke with witnesses, uniformed officers made sure people leaving the stadium did not gather near the crime scene, said Andy Vaughn of Shawnee, who attended the game.

Vaughn said he got within about 20 feet from the crime scene but officers nearby were telling people to get into their cars and leave.

“They had the caution tape up and they had extra police officers roaming the area, making sure everyone was in control,” Vaughn said. “At the end of a Chiefs game, there are a lot of really rowdy people and there were a lot of people upset about losing, but it seemed like it was pretty under control.”

The mood turned serious when fans learned about the death.

“We were in the next lot over,” said Sarah Harrison, a 32-year-old Chiefs fan. “I walked out after the game mad we lost, sad, frustrated, and then heard. I don’t even know what to say.”

The incident occurred exactly a year after Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed Kasandra Perkins, his live-in girlfriend and the mother of his infant daughter, at his home in east Kansas City. Belcher then drove to Arrowhead, where he fatally shot himself in front of coaches and the team’s general manager.

The Star’s Sam Mellinger contributed to this report. To reach Glenn E. Rice, 816-234-4341 or send email to grice@kcstar.com

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