Arrest made in shooting death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims

Police in Baton Rouge, La., announced Saturday that a suspect has been arrested in the shooting death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims on Friday.

The Baton Rouge Police Department announced the arrest of Dyteon Simpson, 20, at an 11 a.m. ET news conference. They had released a video of the shooting on Friday, asking for help identifying a man seen in the footage.

Sims, 20, was shot and killed near Southern University's campus early Friday.

"Wayde Sims suffered a gunshot wound to the head and ultimately died as a result," police chief Murphy J. Paul told the media Saturday, per 247sports. "Wayde stepped in to defend his friend and was shot by Simpson. Simpson was questioned and admitted to being on scene, in possession of a weapon, and admitted to shooting Wayde Sims. Simpson was arrested without incident and taken into custody at East Baton Rouge Parish Police Department."

Sims was taken to the hospital around 12:25 a.m. Friday after being shot while on a street just south of the SU campus, police said.

A 6-foot-6 junior who grew up in Baton Rouge, Sims played in 32 games with 10 starts last season and averaged 17.4 minutes, 5.6 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

His father, Wayne Sims, attended LSU and was a teammate of Shaquille O'Neal with the Tigers.

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Jan 3, 2018; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers forward Wayde Sims (44) rebounds over Kentucky Wildcats forward Wenyen Gabriel (32) during the second half at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Kentucky defeated LSU 74-71. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - JANUARY 21: Wayde Sims #44 of the LSU Tigers blocks out Moses Kingsley #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on January 21, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Tigers 99-86. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - JANUARY 21: Wayde Sims #44 of the LSU Tigers goes up for a dunk against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bud Walton Arena on January 21, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Razorbacks defeated the Tigers 99-86. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 07: Wayde Sims #44 of the LSU Tigers looks to the basket against Wenyen Gabriel #32 of the Kentucky Wildcats in the first half of the game at Rupp Arena on February 7, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky defeated LSU 92-85. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 21: Wayde Sims #44 of the LSU Tigers playing defense during the second half of the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 21, 2017 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Darryl Oumi/Getty Images)
LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 22: Greg Elliott #5 of the Marquette Golden Eagles and Wayde Sims #44 of the LSU Tigers fight for a loose ball during a consultation college basketball game at the Maui Invitational at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 22, 2017 in Lahaina, Hawaii. The Golden Eagles won 94-84. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
LAHAINA, HI - NOVEMBER 22: Wayde Sims #44 of the LSU Tigers takes a jump shot a consultation college basketball game at the Maui Invitational against the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Lahaina Civic Center on November 22, 2017 in Lahaina, Hawaii. The Golden Eagles won 94-84. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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