Former Iowa State basketball player and current member of the New Orleans Pelicans Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot and killed in Dallas early Saturday morning. He was 23.
Dejean-Jones, who arrived in Ames as a graduate transfer from UNLV ahead of the 2014-15 season, averaged 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 33 games (21 starts) in one season for the Cyclones. He eventually landed with the Pelicans as an undrafted free agent and signed a three-year contract earlier this year after having success in 14 games during the 2015-16 NBA season.
According to a police report, Dejean-Jones was shot and killed after he broke into an apartment and kicked open a bedroom door. An email sent to residents of the apartment complex indicates that Dejean-Jones "inadvertently broke into the wrong apartment."
Police Report: On May 28, 2016, at approximately 3:20 a.m., Dallas officers responded to the 2500 block of Bennett Avenue regarding a shooting. Upon arrival officers found one individual had been shot. The resident of the apartment reported that an individual had kicked open the front door and entered his apartment. The resident, who was asleep in the bedroom, heard the individual enter and retrieved a handgun. He stated he called out to the individual, but was not answered. 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.