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PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – A former member of the Nigerian national basketball team was shot and killed after breaking into a Plano home last week, according to police.

Plano Police Officer David Tilley has confirmed that Chinedu Onyeuku was shot and killed by a resident after Onyeuku allegedly smashed a glass patio door and entered the Plano residence.

Police were dispatched to a reported burglary in the 1500 block of Rio Grande Drive around 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. When police arrived, Onyeuku, 29, was found shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

“It’s a pretty complicated investigation,” said Tilley. “The delay was based on a lot of critical information and evidence that needed to be gathered.”

The resident reported that at least two black males were on his patio prior to the glass door being smashed. When Onyeuku entered the home, the resident shot him with his shotgun. The other suspect (s) fled the scene on foot.

The homeowner will not be arrested, while a grand jury will determine whether or not the shooting was justified.

According to TeamNigeriaBasketball.com, Onyeuku was first invited to the Nigerian team in 2009 and helped pave the way for Nigeria’s participation in last summer’s Olympic games. He played for the team during the FIBA Africa Championships, where he averaged 3 points per game.

The 6-foot-3 guard played one season at Illinois State University. More recently, he spent time playing with the Arlington Bulldogs of the American Basketball Association (ABA).

Onyeuku was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1983 and played his high school basketball at Creighton Prep in Nebraska.

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