New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones died early Saturday morning in Dallas, the Dallas Police Department and Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office told USA TODAY Sports.
Police said Dejean-Jones was shot and that the incident is being investigated as a homicide.
Officers arrived at the scene of the shooting at about 3:20 a.m. and were told by a resident that Dejean-Jones had kicked open the front door and entered his apartment, according to a statement released on the Dallas police website. The resident said he heard Dejean-Jones enter and retrieved a handgun and shot Dejean-Jones.
“He stated he called out to the individual, but was not answered,” police said. “As the individual kicked the bedroom door, the resident fired his gun. The individual left the apartment and collapsed in the breezeway. The individual was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.”
The Pelicans released a statement Saturday afternoon:
“It is with deep sadness that the Pelicans organization acknowledges the sudden passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones. We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.”
Dejean-Jones, who went undrafted but signed a three-year deal with the Pelicans in February, was 23. He played for three different schools in college before finishing at Iowa State.