NBA player Bryce Dejean-Jones killed in Dallas shooting

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NBA player Bryce Dejean-Jones shot to death - police

May 28 (Reuters) - Rookie New Orleans Pelicans basketball player Bryce Dejean-Jones died after being shot early on Saturday in a Dallas apartment, police said.

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The National Basketball Association team issued a statement confirming the 23-year-old shooting guard's death. Dejean-Jones, a native of Los Angeles, had signed a multi-year contract with the New Orleans club in February.

"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 team said.

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WASHINGTON, DC -  FEBRUARY 23: Bryce Dejean-Jones #31 of the New Orleans Pelicans handles the ball against the Washington Wizards on February 23, 2016 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC -  FEBRUARY 23: Bryce Dejean-Jones #31 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball against the Washington Wizards on February 23, 2016 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (31) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in New Orleans, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)
New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (31) photographed during their NBA basketball media day in Metairie, La., Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (31) photographed during their NBA basketball media day in Metairie, La., Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (31), plays one-on-one with mascot 'Pierre the Pelican' during their NBA basketball media day in Metairie, La., Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Brooklyn Netsâ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, left, dives for the ball with New Orleans Pelicansâ Bryce Dejean-Jones during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game Monday, July 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (31) photographed during their NBA basketball media day in Metairie, La., Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 3: Bryce Dejean-Jones #31 of the New Orleans Pelicans warms up before the game against the San Antonio Spurs on March 3, 2016 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Bryce Dejean-Jones #31 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on January 12, 2016 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 21: Bryce Dejean-Jones #31 of the New Orleans Pelicans goes up for a dunk against the Orlando Magic during a preseason game on October 21, 2015 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 21: Bryce Dejean-Jones #31 of the New Orleans Pelicans goes up for a dunk against the Orlando Magic during a preseason game on October 21, 2015 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - OCTOBER 21: Bryce Dejean-Jones #31 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots a free throw against the Orlando Magic during a preseason game on October 21, 2015 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 30: Bryce Dejean-Jones #31 of the New Orleans Pelicans shoots the ball during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on January 30, 2016 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 30: Bryce Dejean-Jones #31 of the New Orleans Pelicans goes for the dunk during the game against the Brooklyn Nets on January 30, 2016 at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Dallas police said officers responded to a 3:20 a.m. call at an apartment, where the resident told them that an intruder kicked open his front door while he was asleep in his bedroom and failed to respond when the resident called out.

The man then grabbed a handgun and opened fire when the intruder kicked his bedroom door, the police statement said.

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The intruder left the apartment and collapsed in the breezeway, later dying at a local hospital. The police statement identified the dead man as Dejean-Jones.

A 6-foot-6-inch (1.98-meter) guard from Iowa State University, Dejean-Jones had averaged 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in 14 games with the Pelicans. He made his NBA debut in January.

(Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by David Gregorio and Paul Simao)


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