Chiefs and Broncos fans gather outside Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium prior to Sunday's game. / Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City, Mo. police are investigating a suspicious death outside Arrowhead Stadium during the Denver Broncos-Kansas City Chiefs game Sunday afternoon.
Capt. Tye Grant, a public information officer with KCPD, said police were called to Lot A, which is outside the Northeast corner of the stadium, at approximately 5 p.m. Central time. There they found emergency medical services working on a white man, approximately in his mid-20s, who was not breathing. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"At this time, we're not calling it a homicide, but we'll investigate it as one," said Grant.
According to a press release sent out by KCPD later Sunday evening, medical staff indicated to police that "there are no obvious signs of what caused his death."
KCPD was sent to the location in regards to a party, Grant said. The deceased man was found in another person's vehicle, after which he was involved in a "short struggle," Grant said.
"The subject was later observed to be on the ground, or found to be on the ground, and not breathing," he said. "I don't know why he was in another vehicle. I'm not suggesting there was a criminal intent. It's possible it was mistaken."
Grant said he did not know if alcohol was a factor. The game between the AFC West rivals kicked off at 3:30 p.m. Central. The Broncos went on to win 35-28.
Grant said he did not believe rooting interests to be a factor in the death.
While Kansas City police chief Darryl Forte tweeted that two suspects were in custody, Grant said it was premature to call them that and that Forte was working off early information gathered in the investigation.
Grant said KCPD are talking to several witnesses. According to the press release, three persons of interest are in custody.
"I'm not calling them suspects to this point," he said. "I'm not sure what involvement they may have had in anything."
The death comes on the one-year anniversary of Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher's suicide.
On Dec. 1, 2012, Belcher, 25, killed Kasandra Perkins, his live-in girlfriend and mother of his daughter. He shot her nine times before leaving their home and driving to the Chiefs' practice facility, where he shot himself in the head in front of then-general manager Scott Pioli and then-head coach Romeo Crennel.
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