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Pelicans Guard Bryce Dejean-Jones Fatally Shot In Dallas

Police say Dejean-Jones was trying to break into an apartment when he was shot by the resident.
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Pelicans Guard Bryce Dejean-Jones Fatally Shot In Dallas

Bryce Dejean-Jones, a guard for the New Orleans Pelicans, died early Saturday of a gunshot wound. According to police, Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after he broke into an apartment in Dallas.

Dallas police say the apartment's resident heard Dejean-Jones kick open his front door at 2:30 in the morning. The police report says Dejean-Jones was shot while kicking the apartment's bedroom door; he then reportedly left the apartment and collapsed in the breezeway.

KXAS cites an email from the housing complex that says Dejean-Jones was trying to force his way into the apartment of "an estranged acquaintance" but ended up entering the wrong unit. WFAA reports Dejean-Jones' girlfriend lives in the complex where he was shot.

The 23-year-old basketball player signed a three-year contract with the Pelicans in February and played in 14 NBA games before his death. The Pelicans released a statement saying the team was "devastated at the loss of this young man's life who had such a promising future ahead of him."

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