Dad shot while four year old son slept upstairs

Jordan Stapleton, shot in "cold blood" on Tuesday at his Meanwood home.

Jordan Stapleton, shot in “cold blood” on Tuesday at his Meanwood home.

by Lisa Bradley

The 21-year-old shot in “cold blood” at his Meanwood home on Tuesday was a single father to his four-year-old son –  asleep upstairs when his dad was murdered.

And detectives investigating the murder of Jordan Stapleton  at  Beckhill Chase have released the 999 call that  reported the incident and are urging the caller to get  in touch.

Police received the call from a public telephone box on Stainbeck Road, near to the crossroads with Stainbeck Lane, at 11.46pm

 The male caller, who refused to give his name, said that he believed he had 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 hung up.

Detectives believe the phone call holds the key to the investigation and have released its contents in full in a bid to trace the caller, who they believe may hold crucial evidence.

When police attended the property they found Jordan Stapleton in the first floor bathroom of the property 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 four-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.

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? I want to hear from anyone with information as to who may be responsible.”

Police would also like to speak to any witnesses 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.

Listen to the call here

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 from local neighbourhood policing team officers have been increased in the area to reassure local people.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via: 101 or by calling Crimestoppers, anonymously and in confidence, on: 0800 555 111.

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