Police: Pelicans guard Dejean-Jones fatally shot in Dallas

In this Oct. 3, 2015, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans' Bryce Dejean-Jones (31) drives the ball around the defense of Indiana Pacers' Rodney Stuckey (2) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game in Indianapolis. Police say Saturday, May 28, 2016, Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment. Sr. Cpl. DeMarquis Black said in a statement that officers were called early Saturday morning and found the 23-year-old player collapsed in an outdoor passageway. He was taken to a hospital where he died. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler, File)

DALLAS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was fatally shot after breaking down the door to a Dallas apartment, authorities said Saturday.

A man living at the apartment was sleeping when he heard his front door kicked open, Dallas Police Senior Cpl. DeMarquis Black said in a statement. When Dejean-Jones began kicking at the bedroom door, the man retrieved a handgun and fired.

Officers who responded found Dejean-Jones collapsed in an outdoor passageway, and he later died at a hospital. He was 23.

It is legal in Texas for someone to use deadly force in order to protect themselves from intruders.

Julie Keel, a spokeswoman for Camden Property Trust, the real estate company that owns the apartment complex in Dallas, confirmed that the complex’s apartment manager had sent out an email to residents saying that the person who had been shot had been trying to break into “the apartment of an estranged acquaintance” and that this person had “inadvertently” broken into the wrong apartment.

Black said he could not confirm that Dejean-Jones was trying to access an acquaintance’s apartment.

In Dejean-Jones’ only NBA season, which ended in February because of a broken right wrist, the 6-foot-6 guard started 11 of 14 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds.

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