Former NBA star Shawn Kemp was arrested and charged with felony murder at a Washington state prison on Wednesday.
The Tacoma Police Department said in a statement that officers responded to reports of shots fired in a dispute between the occupants of two vehicles in Tacoma just before 2 p.m. local time (5 p.m. ET).
Police said a driver fired several rounds at the occupants of another vehicle before the “victim vehicle” fled.
He said the suspect, whom he identified only as a 53-year-old, was taken into custody without incident and booked into a local jail. He said that a pistol has been recovered from the spot.
A suspect named Shawn Travis Kemp was booked into the Pierce County Jail on a felony shooting charge just before 6 p.m. local time (9 p.m. ET), county records show. Seattle-based NBC affiliate KING-TV, citing the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, identified the suspect as a six-time NBA All-Star.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department did not immediately respond to an overnight request for comment. A spokeswoman for the Tacoma Police Department declined to provide further details on the arrest.
Records show that there is only one resident in the United States named Sean Travis Kemp, who is 53 years old.
Kemp is a former star player for the Seattle SuperSonics, now the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was drafted by the team with the No. 17 overall pick in the 1989 NBA Draft and went on to play 14 seasons in the league. Kemp also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic.
The former NBA star now operates at least one cannabis shop in Seattle.
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