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Notes: Jovan Belcher told police of other girlfriend

Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher told officers who found him sleeping in his car outside an apartment complex hours before he committed a murder-suicide that he was there to visit a woman he described as his ‘‘girlfriend,’’ but that she wasn’t home.

The apartment complex is about 10 miles from the Kansas City home Belcher shared with 22-year-old Kasandra Perkins, the mother of their 3-month-old daughter Zoey. Belcher shot Perkins at their home Saturday morning before driving to Arrowhead Stadium, where he committed suicide in the parking lot, police said.

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Police responded to a report about 2:50 a.m. Saturday of a man sleeping in his car outside an apartment building, police spokesman Darin Snapp said Tuesday. When police approached the car, Belcher got out of the vehicle and was cooperative, Snapp said.

‘‘We ask him ‘Why are you sleeping here?’, and he says he’s there to visit his girlfriend, but she’s not home,’’ Snapp said.

When police determined Belcher didn’t have any outstanding warrants, Snapp said Belcher, 25, made a phone call and a short time later, a woman let Belcher into her building. Police did not question the woman and don’t know who she is, he said.

‘‘When he was sleeping she may have come home, and he didn’t realize,’’ Snapp said. ‘‘He was very cooperative and thanked the officers.’’

Snapp said that was the last contact police had with Belcher ‘‘until his name came up’’ with the shooting at his home.

Witnesses have since told police that Belcher stayed at that apartment until 6:30 a.m., Snapp said.

At about 7:50 a.m., police were called to Belcher’s home after he had shot and killed Perkins.

Belcher then drove about 5 miles to Arrowhead Stadium, where he shot himself once in the head. Snapp said Belcher also used two separate, legally registered handguns in the shootings.

Steelers lose Taylor

Steelers veteran cornerback Ike Taylor will miss at least two weeks with a fractured right ankle, meaning his streak of playing in 135 games will end Sunday when Pittsburgh (7-5) hosts the reeling Chargers (4-8). While one familiar face will be out of the lineup, another one could return. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will practice this week with a chance to return since going down with a sprained right shoulder and a dislocated rib in a 16-13 overtime win over Kansas City on Nov. 12 . . . The Dolphins placed left tackle Jake Long on season-ending injured reserve with a left triceps injury suffered Sunday against the Patriots . . . The Lions placed receivers Titus Young and Ryan Broyles (right knee) on IR. Young has been inactive the last two weeks for what coach Jim Schwartz said was “unacceptable” behavior . . . The Chicago Tribune reported Bears star linebacker Brian Urlacher has a pulled hamstring and will miss at least this week’s game vs. the Vikings . . . The Raiders are expecting running back Darren McFadden back for Thursday’s game against the Broncos. McFadden has missed four straight because of a sprained right ankle . . . The Raiders will have coach Dennis Allen back, too. Allen had been in Dallas tending to his father, Grady, a former NFL linebacker, who died Tuesday. He was 66 . . . Cardinals safety Kerry Rhodes has confirmed he had a run-in with teammate Darnell Dockett at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Jets. Rhodes said in an e-mail released by the Cardinals that there was an on-field ‘‘disagreement’’ but emphatically denies a report that Dockett spit in his face and says the two have agreed to move on. The dispute reportedly centered on the Cardinals’ desire to allow the Jets to score late in the game so the offense would get the ball to go for the tying score. Dockett didn’t want to allow a touchdown.

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