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Former Texas Tech standout Andre Emmett killed in Dallas

September 23, 2019
FILE - In this March 3, 2004, file photo, Texas Tech's Andre Emmett (14) reaches out to bring the basketball to himself as he backs into the lane against Missouri's Rickey Paulding (23) during an NCAA basketball game in Lubbock, Texas. Authorities say Emmett has been shot to death near his home in Dallas. Dallas police say 37-year-old Emmett was shot early Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (Joe Don Buckner/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP File)
FILE - In this March 3, 2004, file photo, Texas Tech's Andre Emmett (14) reaches out to bring the basketball to himself as he backs into the lane against Missouri's Rickey Paulding (23) during an NCAA basketball game in Lubbock, Texas. Authorities say Emmett has been shot to death near his home in Dallas. Dallas police say 37-year-old Emmett was shot early Monday, Sept. 23, 2019. (Joe Don Buckner/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP File)

DALLAS (AP) — Former Texas Tech basketball standout Andre Emmett, the team’s all-time leading scorer, was shot to death early Monday near his home in Dallas.

Emmett, 37, was sitting in his vehicle outside his home at about 2:30 a.m. when he was approached by two people who displayed a handgun, police said. An altercation ensued and Emmett was shot as he ran away, police said.

Police said the suspects fled and a passer-by called 911 after finding Emmett several hundred feet from his home.

Emmett died at a hospital. Texas Tech spokesman Wes Bloomquist said a university administrator had spoken to Emmett’s family to confirm his death.

Emmett scored 2,256 career points from 2001-04 with the Red Raiders. He averaged 17.6 points per game.

After college, Emmett played one season each with the Memphis Grizzlies and New Jersey Nets and also played overseas and in the BIG3 3-on-3 basketball league.

He was inducted into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame last year.

Current head coach Chris Beard, who was an assistant to Bob Knight when Emmett played for the Red Raiders, said Emmett was “arguably the best player in program history and an even better person.”

Beard, who said he’d just talked to Emmett a few days ago, said Emmett had established a foundation in his hometown of Dallas to help kids.

In a statement BIG3 described Emmett as kind and easy-going, and said he was “a joy to be around.”

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