New details have emerged in the shooting death of Adreian Payne.
According to an autopsy report obtained by E! News, the former NBA player’s death was formally ruled a homicide, listing his cause of death “gunshot wound of the arm and chest.”
Payne was shot and killed in Orlando, Florida. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Payne, who was the 15th pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2014 NBA draft, was 31.
Authorities said at the time that the shooter “stayed at the scene and was transported to OCSO headquarters where he was interviewed by homicide detectives.” Lawrence Dority, who authorities identified as the shooter, was arrested on a warrant for first-degree murder and taken to the Orange County Jail.
Dority was subsequently charged with first-degree murder with a firearm.
The standout player for Michigan State from 2010-2014 averaged 16.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Spartans and led the team to the Elite Eight in the 2013-14 season.
He was drafted to the NBA by the Atlanta Hawks in 2014 and was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves the following year. After being waived by the Orlando Magic in 2018, Payne spent time playing overseas in Turkey, France, Greece, Lithuania, and China.
“I’m in shock at the tragic news of Adreian Payne’s death,” Izzo said in a statement. “Our prayers are with his family, teammates and loved ones. Adreian was loved by his teammates and coaches, who respected his development as a player and a person. He came to Michigan State with a ton of raw talent and put in the work to reach his goal of becoming an NBA player.”