Bryce Dejean-Jones suffered gunshot wound to the abdomen late Friday and bled to death.
The New Orleans Pelicans released the following statement:
“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.”
According to a report obtained by the Dallas Morning News, Dallas police officers responded to a call about a shooting at an apartment at about 3:20 a.m. Saturday morning. The resident of the apartment said an individual had kicked open his front door and entered his apartment. The resident retrieved a handgun when he heard the individual and he fired his gun at the individual after calling out at him.
Dejean-Jones reportedly broke into the wrong apartment trying to get to "an estranged acquaintance."
Dejean-Jones, 23, signed a three-year contract with the Pelicans in February after joining the team on consecutive 10-day contracts.
"Bryce overcame a lot of obstacles to get to this point in his career," his agent, Scott Nichols, said. "He was a joy to be around, a talent just turning the corner in his career."