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18 April 2013, 16:58
Police investigating the murder of a dad in Leeds have released a 999 call.
Police investigating the murder of 21 year old Jordan Stapleton at his home on Beckhill Chase, Leeds have released the 999 call that initially reported the incident and are urging the caller to get back in touch.
Police received the call from a public telephone box on Stainbeck Road, near to the crossroads with Stainbeck Lane, at 11.46pm on Tuesday night.
The male caller, who refused to give his name, said he thought he heard a gun shot on Beckhill Chase as he walked down a nearby alleyway. After the anonymous caller gave the address of 16 Beckhill Chase as the likely origin of the gunshot he is heard to hang up.
Detectives believe the phone call holds the key to the investigation and have released it to trace the caller, who they believe may hold crucial evidence.
Police found Jordan in the first floor bathroom of the house with a gunshot wound to his chest. Despite attempts to treat him at the scene he was pronounced dead a short time later.
Jordan's 4-year-old son was found asleep and unharmed in a nearby bedroom and he is now being cared for by his family.
As well as tracing the caller, murder detectives are also asking for the public's help in piecing together single father of one Jordan's movements in the hours before he died.
Police want anyone who may have seen a man using the public telephone box on Stainbeck Road, close to the crossroads with Stainbeck Lane, around 11.45pm on Tuesday evening or anyone who recognises the caller's voice.
Detective Superintendent Scott Wood, from West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: "Jordan Stapleton was shot in cold blood in his own home. The fact his young son was asleep yards away in his bedroom makes this crime even more disturbing.
"I am appealing for anyone who can help us piece together Jordan's movements on Tuesday evening. Did you see or speak to him? Did you see anyone going into his home or anyone acting suspiciously in the area of Beckhill Chase?
Det Supt. Wood added: "I would like to reassure the caller that any information provided to us will be treated in the strictest confidence and I would urge them to get back in touch.”
Additional patrols have been increased in the area to reassure local people.