No charges are being filed against the former NBA All-Star immediately sean kemp prosecutors said after his arrest in a drive-by shooting in Washington on Thursday.
Kemp, 53, was booked into Tacoma for a felony drive-by shooting investigation shortly before 6 p.m. local time Wednesday, online jail records show. No one was injured in the firing.
Adam Faber, a spokesman for the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office, said in an emailed statement Thursday afternoon that no charges were immediately being filed against Kemp and he was being released from jail pending further investigation.
Tacoma police said shots were fired Wednesday afternoon after an altercation between people in two vehicles near a Tacoma mall. No injuries were reported and one of the cars fled the scene, according to a police department release on social media. A gun has been recovered.
Kemp’s attorney, Scott Boatman, said in a statement to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday that Kemp’s car was broken into and several items were stolen, including an iPhone. Kemp tracked his iPhone to an occupied car, and was shot when he approached the vehicle. Boatman says Kemp then opened fire in self-defense.
Kemp, who owns two licensed cannabis stores in Seattle, was a six-time NBA All-Star and played for the Seattle SuperSonics from 1989 to 1997. He also played for Cleveland, Portland and Orlando.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.