On Saturday, Bryce Dejean-Jones of the New Orleans Pelicans was shot and killed in Dallas as he was trying to enter an apartment. Initial reports stated that he was trying to break in to the apartment but sources say it may have just been a case of making a simple mistake.
According to CBS News, the 23-year-old athlete was visiting his girlfriend at her new apartment at Camden Belmont in Dallas last weekend to celebrate their daughter's first birthday. But, as noted by his agent Scott Nichols, he and his girlfriend got into an argument.
She then left Dejean-Jones outside the complex and went to her apartment by herself. However, since it was the first time for the NBA player to visit her in her new apartment, he didn't exactly know where she went to. This then led the athlete to try to enter the wrong apartment.
"I don't know exactly what was said," Nichols told the news site. "It could have been just like a normal argument of any couple, but I think maybe that was the reason why he was walking around. Cool some air off. She went in the apartment first, and he was looking."
"I don't think he was breaking in as far as...I think he was frustrated he couldn't get in the apartment," he added. "He didn't have the keys."
As he was trying to get inside the wrong apartment, the male tenant living there thought that Dejean-Jones was trying to break in. He reportedly called out to him but since he didn't hear him respond, he fired his gun.
Nichols noted that the occupant may have been startled since the athlete was banging on his door.
"He went to the wrong apartment unfortunately and I think he though his girlfriend locked him out, so he was knocking on the door, banging on the door, it's locked," he said. "So one thing led to another."
Law enforcers in Dallas are still investigating the matter but since they believe that the occupant did not know who Dejean-Jones was or if he was armed, Nichols thinks that the athlete just made a fatal mistake.