Wayde Sims, a 20-year-old basketball player for Louisiana State University, was fatally shot after stepping in between two friends having an altercation. When police arrived at the scene, they discovered the victim with a gunshot wound to the head. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The entire LSU community continues to grief after hearing about the senseless loss.
Police obtained videos that captured what happened that night, but they were still not able to identify a suspect. The entire incident occurred directly outside of a Subway restaurant at around 1:25 A.M. They also seized a pair of eyeglasses that appeared to have been knocked off during the altercation. Police decided to release the video footage of the incident in the hopes of receiving information from the public about the suspect’s identity. Thanks to the community’s cooperation, police identified Dyteon Simpson as a suspect in the shooting.
The Baton Rouge Police Department obtained a DNA seizure warrant from Dyteon Simpson and compared the sample to the one obtained from glasses left at the scene of the crime. The two samples were matches. Upon finding the match, Simpson was promptly taken into custody for interrogation.
Murphy Paul, the Police Chief of the Baton Rouge Police Department, held a press conference to discuss the incident. He explained that Simpson admitted to shooting Wayde during questioning. Simpson admitted to possessing the weapon, being at the scene, shooting the victim and leaving his glasses. According to Simpson, the victim attempted to step in between an argument occurring between Simpson and another person. Wayde was attempting to defend his friend in the situation, so Simpson shot Wayde in self-defense.
Simpson is currently facing second-degree murder charges. He has been booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $350,000 bond.