Authorities are looking thoroughly into the death of NBA player Bryce Dejean-Jones and the Dallas police are stating that in their initial investigation it showed that the NBA player was shot for allegedly breaking an entry at an apartment, early Saturday morning.
Breaking and entering are considered a third-degree burglary and is defined as breaking and entering into a dwelling with intent to commit a crime. Simple breaking and entering into a dwelling without specific intent to commit an additional crime is fourth-degree burglary.
According to TMZ, the owner of an apartment in Texas heard someone kicking their door and when the owner yelled to call the attention of the man kicking the door, who was later identified as Dejean-Jones but did not get any response the shooting incident took place. It was also determined that the 23-year old New Orleans Pelicans’ shooting guard collapse in the breezeway with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, he was rushed to a nearby hospital but later succumbed to his wounds.
As reported by CNN, Dejean-Jones’ agent stated that his client was shot for mistakenly entering the wrong apartment and reports are surfacing that Dejean-Jones was supposed to meet with his girlfriend when the incident happened. Dejean-Jones agent, Scott Nichols, said his client was in Dallas to visit his girlfriend for his daughter’s first birthday.
The report added that it was the first time that Dejean-Jones visited his girlfriend’s new apartment. Nichols narrated that night Dejean-Jones came back to the apartment complex but went to the wrong unit on the third floor, just below his girlfriend’s fourth-floor apartment. Police had no immediate response to Nichols’ comments.
“There is no information that suggests the deceased Bryce Dejean-Jones knew the apartment resident or was armed as he entered the apartment,” Black said.
The report added that no charges have been filed yet, but Texas is one of many of states that justifies the use of deadly force in certain cases when someone feels threatened in their home. In recent years, some states — including Texas — have expanded that protection to any place a person “has the right to be.”
Texas and 21 other states have also removed a condition that a person has the “duty to retreat” before resorting to force against an attacker, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
According to a report from the NBA’s senior vice president and chief security officer that was sent to teams and obtained by ESPN, no charges have been filed against the apartment resident. Under Texas law, a person is allowed to use deadly force to defend themselves in their home. It also says a person using force cannot provoke the attacker or be involved in criminal activity at the time.
The NBA security report, which came from the league’s senior vice president and chief security officer, was sent to all 30 teams, ESPN reported. It also indicated that a toxicology report on Dejean-Jones is a couple of weeks away, but it is “unknown at this time if a substance played a part in the incident.”
Hearing the news, the Pelicans issued a statement mourning the death of Dejean-Jones, who signed a three-year contract with the Pelicans after joining the team on consecutive 10-day contracts.
“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,” the team stated.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also expressed his condolences to Dejean-Jones’s family in a statement and said that Dejean-Jones inspired countless people with his hard work and perseverance in his NBA career journey and will be forever missed.
“The NBA family mourns the tragic loss of New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones. Bryce inspired countless people with his hard work and perseverance on his journey to the NBA, and he had a bright future in our league. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Bryce’s family and the entire Pelicans organization during this difficult time,” Silver added.
Dejean-Jones played college hoops at the University of South Carolina from 2010 to 2011 and then later transferred to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas wherein he played from 2012 to 2014 and making his final college stop at Iowa State from 2014 to 2015. He was undrafted during the NBA Draft in 2015 but signed with the Pelicans after attending their summer league in Las Vegas. He was then waived by the team in October 2015 and was taken by the Idaho Stampede of the NBA Development League before he was offered a 10-day contract back by the Pelicans this year.