Cops: NBA Player Killed While Breaking Into Apartment
Bryce Dejean-Jones played 14 games with the New Orleans Pelicans this season
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2016 3:39 PM CDT
New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shoots in a game in February. He was killed early Saturday in Dallas.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – A 23-year-old NBA player is dead after apparently breaking into a Dallas apartment early Saturday, the Des Moines Register reports. Police responded to a shooting at an apartment around 3:20 am and found Bryce Dejean-Jones of the New Orleans Pelicans wounded with a gunshot. He died at the hospital. The resident of the apartment tells police he was sleeping when someone kicked down his front door then his bedroom door. He says he fired his gun once. According to the New York Daily News, it appears Dejean-Jones thought he was breaking into an acquaintance's apartment but got the wrong one.

"We are devastated at the loss of this young man’s life who had such a promising future ahead of him," USA Today quotes a statement from the Pelicans as saying. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family during this difficult time.” Dejean-Jones signed a three-year deal with the Pelicans in February after going undrafted. Shortly after, he broke his wrist, missing the rest of the season. He averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14 games.
 

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