Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was shot and killed early Saturday morning after breaking into a Dallas apartment that apparently was not the one he sought to enter.

Dejean-Jones, 23, was in Dallas for his daughter’s birthday.

According to a police report posted to the Dallas Police Department’s official blog, police responded at 3:20 a.m. Saturday to a shooting and found one individual had been wounded. Dejean-Jones, who was transported to an area hospital and died from his injuries, is listed as the deceased on the police report.

In an email to residents of the Camden Belmont apartment community, where the incident occurred, apartment manager Joshua Pool wrote that an individual “believed to be breaking into the apartment of an estranged acquaintance inadvertently broke into the wrong apartment. After breaking in, the intruder was shot and later taken via ambulance to a local hospital.”

A source told The Advocate that the “estranged acquaintance” was the mother of Dejean-Jones’ daughter.

According to the police report, the resident of the apartment where Dejean-Jones was shot told police that “an individual had kicked open the front door and entered his apartment.” The resident told police, according to the report, that he was sleeping in the bedroom and retrieved a handgun when he heard the individual enter, and that he “called out to the individual but was not answered.”

According to the report, “As the individual kicked the bedroom door, the resident fired his gun. The individual left the apartment and collapsed in the breezeway.”

Dallas Police Homicide is conducting an investigation, the police report said.

An undrafted free agent, Dejean-Jones played with the Pelicans’ summer league team in July. He failed to make the team in training camp, but he signed a 10-day contract Jan. 21 and another Feb. 1 before signing a multiyear deal Feb. 19.

“I have all the respect for Bryce,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Saturday. “I just had a real soft spot in my heart for him, because I just felt like he was headed in the right direction. I thought he was ready to blossom as player — I really did.”

Dejean-Jones played in 14 games for the Pelicans this season, averaging 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds.

He had surgery Feb. 26 to repair a fractured right wrist suffered Feb. 19, and he missed the rest of the season. He was expected to be a contributor in the 2016-17 season.

?I thought Bryce was starting to figure it out, make improvements in his game,” Gentry said. “He was working hard. I thought he was playing great last year before he got hurt. I was really looking forward to seeing what kind of progress he made this year coming back.”

The New Orleans Pelicans issued a statement Saturday afternoon addressing Dejean-Jones' death:

“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.”

A Los Angeles native, Dejean-Jones began his college career at Southern California but transferred to UNLV for two seasons before playing his senior season at Iowa State, where he averaged 10.5 points and 4.7 rebounds as a senior.

“We are deeply saddened to learn the tragic news about Bryce,” Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, who coached Dejean-Jones at Iowa State, said in a statement. “I’m grateful that our paths crossed in this life. Bryce was a passionate and talented player that lived out his dream of playing in the NBA through hard work and perseverance. It’s an incredibly sad day for me and all of Iowa State University. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bryce’s family.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement as well: “The NBA family mourns the tragic loss of New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones. Bryce inspired countless people with his hard work and perseverance on his journey to the NBA, and he had a bright future in our league. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Bryce’s family and the entire Pelicans organization during this difficult time.”

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