Michael Winchester, the father of Kansas City Chiefs long snapper James Winchester, was fatally shot in a parking area at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City on Tuesday afternoon.
A disgruntled former employee was waiting for Michael Winchester, who worked for Southwest Airlines, to exit the airport before killing him and then turning the gun on himself. Winchester was 52 years old.
The airport was on lockdown after the shooting.
The Chiefs issued the following statement:
“Our love and support is with James and the entire Winchester family. Our heartfelt thoughts & prayers are with you.”
Southwest Airlines issued the following statement:
“The Southwest Airlines Family is deeply saddened by the passing of our Southwest Family Member, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies and support to his family and Southwest co-workers at this time.”
Before working in the airline industry, Michael Winchester was a punter for Oklahoma from 1984 to 1985, which included a win in the 1985 National Championship.