Police sergeants son identified as the man killed at Arrowhead Stadium (Photo)


Photo Courtesy of Channel 41 news

The man who died following a struggle at Arrowhead Stadium during the Chiefs game is the son of an area police sergeant. Kyle Van Winkle, 30, of Smithville, died at an area hospital Sunday night. His father, Sgt. Dean Van Winkle, is the public information officer for the city of Grandview. He said Monday afternoon that the family would have no further comment.

VanWinkle was a 2002 graduate of Belton High School. He was the captain of the football team there and later played for William Jewell College where he graduated in 2006.

The three persons of interest have been released pending further investigation.

Police interviewed several witnesses on Monday, released three persons of interest and searched a home to try to figure out what exactly happened last night in Lot A of Arrowhead’s parking lot.

A female witness, who police interviewed overnight, said she and others heard an 8-year-old boy cry for help. A group of fans in the parking lot a little after 5 p.m. ran down a few cars to help.

Police said VanWinkle was inside a Jeep he did not own.  When the owner came upon VanWinkle, police said the group started fighting. According to the female witness, the fight was aggressive.

She said saw the group, who ran to help the owner and his young son, proceed to punch VanWinkle three times. She then said the victim fell and the group punched him again another three times. She tried to perform CPR but VanWinkle died at the hospital.

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