NBA guard shot as he kicked in apartment doors

Posted at 9:44 AM, May 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-29 12:44:52-04

Current NBA and former USC and Taft High School basketball player Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot to death in Dallas when he apparently entered the wrong apartment while searching for his infant daughter and her mother.

The shooting occurred at 5 a.m. Saturday, Dallas time, at the city's Camden Belmont apartments, according to a variety of reports.

"An individual believed to be breaking into the apartment of an estranged acquaintance inadvertently broke into the wrong apartment," apartment complex manager Joshua Pool told residents in an email. "After breaking in, the intruder was shot."

Dejean-Jones' agent, Scott Nichols -- who said his client was in Dallas to celebrate his daughter's first birthday -- expressed his admiration for Dejean-Jones.    

"Bryce was a great person and I admired his drive and determination to make his dream of playing in the NBA come true," Nichols told City News Service.

The shooter, who was asleep at the time, told Dallas police he heard someone kick open the front door of his apartment and go inside and that he fired his weapon when Dejean-Jones kicked open his bedroom door, department officials said.

Dejean-Jones was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Dejean-Jones played one year at USC, before transferring to Nevada-Las Vegas. He also played for Iowa State University.

"We are saddened to learn of Bryce's passing," USC spokesman Tim Tessalone said. "It is tragic that he lost his life at such a young age while living his dream of playing in the NBA. The Trojan Family extends condolences to his family in this difficult time."

The New Orleans Pelicans, where Dejean-Jones was a rookie shooting guard this past season who signed a three-year contract with the team in February, also released a statement:

"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."