A Kentucky State University basketball player was dismissed from the team — removed from the roster just days before a big tournament — after he allegedly fired shots into an apartment complex clubhouse.
Devan Crain, 24, of 120 Marlowe Court, No. 82, was indicted Tuesday for first-degree criminal mischief and tampering with physical evidence.
Frankfort Police Capt. Robert Warfel said officers responded to the Riverford Crossing apartments clubhouse at 8000 John Davis Drive around 9 a.m. Friday after a manager found damage to the building.
Warfel said Thursday night someone fired a handgun into the building several times, damaging a window, as well as exterior and interior walls. One of the bullets also went inside the building and hit a computer, Warfel said.
The damage is estimated to be about $2,000.
After officers canvassed the area and spoke with witnesses, Warfel said Kentucky State University police helped them locate Crain on the university’s campus.
Warfel said Crain admitted to firing the shots into the building. Officers recovered the handgun, which was allegedly hidden at an off-campus residence, Warfel said.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said Crain fired the shots out a car window.
“Fortunately nobody was in the building when he did this,” Cleveland said.
The Riverford Crossing clubhouse contains a fitness center accessible to apartment residents 24 hours a day. Warfel said if someone had been inside when the shots were fired Thursday night, Crain would also have been charged with wanton endangerment.
“He said he was doing it in honor of the one year anniversary of the death of his aunt,” Cleveland said. “What that has to do with shooting up the clubhouse at the apartment complex, I cannot fathom.”
Crain is listed on team rosters as a junior guard on the KSU basketball team. He most recently made the news last week when he missed a last-second free throw, costing the team a chance at overtime against Kentucky Wesleyan College.
KSU spokesperson Felicia Lewis said Crain is still a student at the university, but as of Friday he is no longer a member of the basketball team.
Lewis said the university’s athletic director declined to comment when asked why Crain had been dismissed from the team.
The team is currently playing in the SIAC Championship Tournament in Birmingham. KSU beat Claflin University 76-55 Tuesday to advance to the quarterfinals.
Franklin County Regional Jail officials said Crain was released on his own recognizance Monday.