Terrell Roberts, a former defensive back for the Cincinnati Bengals, was shot and killed in his grandmother’s backyard earlier this week.
He was 38-years-old.
The fatal incident happened on Wednesday evening while Roberts was visiting his grandmother in Richmond, California, KPIX 5 reports.
An unidentified man entered the residence and shot Roberts in the backyard, killing the former NFL player, according to the outlet.
Richmond Police Sgt. Enrik Melgoza told KPIX 5 that officers arrived at the home shortly after the altercation occurred and discovered Roberts with a gunshot wound in his chest. The football player was then pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers later spoke with witnesses who helped them piece the tragedy together. Investigators believe that Roberts and the unidentified man got into an altercation in the garage, leading to the former NFL player getting shot.
Roberts then stumbled into the backyard and collapsed, which is where first responders located him on Wednesday, according to Melgoza.
Meanwhile, the suspect fled the scene and is still being searched for, Melgoza told CNN.
Officers described the suspect to KPIX 5 as a 20 to a 35-year-old black man who is bald with a short beard, weighs approximately 250 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt.
At this time, it is unclear what caused the disturbance and whether Robert and the suspect knew each other.