Police Arrest Man Who Admitted Shooting LSU Basketball Player

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A man was arrested Saturday for allegedly shooting Louisiana State University basketball forward Wayde Sims to death.

Dyteon Simpson, 20, admitted to shooting Sims, 20, around midnight on Friday, Baton Rouge police Chief Murphy Paul said during a news conference held Saturday, WDSU 6 reported.

Sims was shot in the head during a fight outside a local restaurant near Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Video footage obtained by WBRZ showed a group of men fighting and throwing punches. Sims collapsing after the gun was fired. (RELATED: LSU Basketball Player Shot And Killed. Suspect Still On The Run [VIDEO])

Wayde tried to defend his friend by stepping in, but was allegedly shot by Simpson, Paul said to WDSU 6.

Simpson was charged with second-degree murder, according to East Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore III, WDSU 6 reported.

Detectives obtained Simpson’s glasses, which were knocked off during the altercation, according to Paul. Officials were able to match the DNA on the glasses to Simpson through a DNA seizure warrant.

“Simpson was questioned and admitted to being in possession of a weapon, admitting to being on the scene and admitted to shooting Wayde as well,” Paul said, WDSU 6 reported.

Sims was a junior at LSU and was named the Louisiana 2014-15 Gatorade Player of the Year.

Sims averaged 5.6 points with 2.9 rebounds in 32 games for the 2017-2018 season. Wayne Sims, his father, also played at LSU between 1987 to 1991, according to ESPN.

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