New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones died on Saturday morning in Dallas after being shot at the head, confirmed the Dallas Police Department.
Police also said, 23-year-old Dejean-Jones was shot on the head and the homicide department is conducting an investigation. An email notification was sent to the residents of the apartment complex about the incident without naming Dejean-Jones on Saturday.
“An individual who believed to be breaking into the apartment of an estranged acquaintance inadvertently broke into the wrong apartment,” Joshua Pool, a manager at the Camden Belmont located northeast of downtown Dallas, wrote in an email obtained by USA TODAY Sports. “After breaking in, the intruder was shot and later taken via ambulance to a local hospital. Fortunately, no residents were injured.”
Dallas police also said in a statement “there is no information that suggests” the resident of the apartment Dejean-Jones broke into was known to the Pelicans’ guard. The NBA player was also unarmed.
“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 New Orleans Pelicans released a statement on Saturday afternoon confirming the death of their 23-year-old player.
“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 guard went undrafted but signed a three-year deal with the Pelicans on February 23. He featured in 14 games last season, averaging 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds.
The league commissioner Adam Silver also issued a statement on the tragic death of the young player.
“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.”