Father of Kansas City Chiefs’ James Winchester Killed in Oklahoma Airport Shooting


Michael Winchester, the father of Kansas City Chiefs player James Winchester, was shot and killed on Tuesday at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport after police closed the complex to search for the suspect, who was later found dead.

Winchester, 52, died before being taken to the hospital, according to the Associated Press. The suspect was found dead in a pickup truck located in an airport parking garage and has not been identified.

Police told the AP they believe the shooting was a premeditated attack, although more information has not been released.

Winchester was a former University of Oklahoma football player and worked for Southwest Airlines.

“It is with great sorrow that Southwest Airlines confirms that a Southwest Employee who was injured during a shooting incident today…,” the airline said in a statement. It said it would cancel flights out of the city for the rest of the day, according to the AP.

Gary Kelly, the chairman and CEO of Southwest Airlines, tweeted his condolences to the Winchester family following confirmation of his death and said they will “do everything we can to support Mike’s family.”

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Alexia Fernandez