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Cops: Gun used in Belcher's murder-suicide was legally owned

5:26 PM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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Inside linebacker Jovan Belcher #59 of the Kansas City Chiefs watches from the sidelines during his final game against the Denver Broncos at Arrowhead Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.(Photo: Jamie Squire, Getty Images)

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KANSAS CITY -- Jovan Belcher legally owned the handgun police say he used to fatally shoot his girlfriend and himself on Saturday.

Kansas City Police spokesman Darin Spann said he believes Belcher used the same gun in both shootings, which happened within about 20 minutes of each other Saturday morning.

Belcher fired multiple shots, though police are not saying how many, at Kasandra Perkins after an argument at their home in southeast Kansas City. Belcher then made a 10-minute drive in his black Bentley to the Kansas City Chiefs practice facility, where he fired one fatal shot to his head after talking to Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli, head coach Romeo Crennel and an assistant coach in the parking lot, police said.

Spann said Belcher had legally purchased the handgun he used on Saturday.

"We know he owned more than one gun. He wasn't a collector, but he had several," Spann said.

Kansas City police will be completing their investigation and turning over their reports to the Jackson County District Attorney's office in coming days.

Meanwhile, the bodies of Perkins and Belcher are at the county medical examiner's office. The bodies will be released to the families when autopsies are completed. Full autopsy results are not expected to be available for more than a month while toxicology and other tests are completed.

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