Shawn Kemp, a former Seattle Sonics player, was arrested Wednesday in Pierce County in connection with a gunshot in Tacoma, according to several sources.
Kemp was arrested soon before 6 p.m., according to Pierce County Prison.
According to the Tacoma Police Department, a “altercation” between passengers in two automobiles resulted in shots fired in a parking lot in the 4500 block of South Steele Street just before 2 p.m.
One driver has departed. According to accounts, Kemp was apprehended by police and a pistol was seized. There were no injuries recorded.
The Tacoma Police Department would not confirm that the guy detained, Shawn Travis Kemp, is the former NBA player, and did not respond to several requests for comment.
Kemp was an integral element of the Sonics’ remarkable run in the 1990s.
He made his NBA debut in 1989-90 as a 20-year-old who had never played collegiate basketball. He rapidly became recognised for his high-flying, acrobatic dunks.
Kemp, who appeared in six NBA All-Star Games, formed one of the league’s greatest duos alongside point guard Gary Payton. They guided the Sonics to the NBA Finals in 1996, when they were defeated by the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls.
Kemp, dissatisfied with his contract situation, pushed a trade out of Seattle following the 1996-97 season. The key return in the deal that sent Kemp to Cleveland was forward Vin Baker, who had three more spectacular seasons there.
He was transferred to Portland in 2000 and played three more seasons, but his skills deteriorated drastically.
Kemp established Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis in Seattle’s Belltown in 2020. He launched a second store in Sodo last month.
CORRECTION: Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis in Sodo debuted in February, not this month.