Baton Rouge: Arrest made in shooting death of LSU player Wayde Sims – Chief: ‘Wayde stepped in to defend his friend and was shot by Simpson’

This booking photo released by the Baton Rouge Police Department, shows Dyteon Simpson, 20, who was arrested Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in the shooting death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims. Simpson has been charged with second-degree murder. Sims was shot early Friday, Sept. 28, during a street fight caught on video near the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge, La. (Baton Rouge Police Department via AP)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) 09/29 — An arrest has been made in the shooting death of LSU basketball player Wayde Sims.

Baton Rouge police said Saturday that 20-year-old Dyteon Simpson has been charged with second-degree murder and is at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

Sims was shot early Friday during a street fight caught on video near the Southern University campus.

Baton Rouge Police Chief Murphy Paul said at a media conference Saturday that investigators concluded from the video and DNA evidence collected at the scene that a man who could be seen punching a friend of Sims shortly before the shooting was Simpson.

In this Feb. 20, 2018, file photo, LSU forward Wayde Sims (44) defends against Vanderbilt forward Jeff Roberson (11) during an NCAA college basketball game, in Baton Rouge, La. LSU basketball player Wayde Sims has died after he was shot near the campus of another school in Baton Rouge. Police say in a news release that the 20-year-old Sims was shot around 12:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, near the campus of Southern University. Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said Sims was taken to a hospital with an apparent gunshot wound and died. (Hilary Scheinuk/The Advocate via AP, File)

 

“Wayde stepped in to defend his friend and was shot by Simpson,” Paul said.

The department is crediting the Louisiana State Police fugitive task force, the state police crime lab, Southern University police and area citizens in assisting in the investigation leading to the arrest.

Paul said eye glasses found at the scene of the shooting were tested for DNA that matches that of Simpson. Murphy also said Simpson was arrested without incident after telling investigators that he was at the scene of the fight, had a gun and fired it at Sims.

It is unclear whether Simpson has an attorney.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva thanked area law enforcement for its “diligence and pursuit of justice.”

LSU men’s basketball head coach Will Wade, right, gestures as he speaks about his player Wayde Sims, during an NCAA college basketball news conference, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, in Baton Rouge, La. Sims was killed after he was shot during a fight involving several men early Friday near the campus of another university in his hometown of Baton Rouge. (Travis Spradling/The Advocate via AP)

Sims was 20 years old. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds a game last season. He grew up in Baton Rouge, where his father, Wayne, also played basketball for LSU.

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