Reds outfield shot and dragged to death

Updated: November 5, 2003, 10:43 PM ET

MESA, Ariz. -- Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson was shot then dragged to his death behind a pick-up truck early Wednesday morning, Chandler police confirmed to the East Valley Tribune.

Stenson, who played in 37 games for the Reds this season, was in Arizona where he played with the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.

His body was found in the street near Dobson Road and Chandler Blvd., said Chandler police Sgt. Mark Franzen.

Arizona Fall League officials canceled Wednesday and Thursday's games in the wake of the incident.

"This is really awful," said Davona Vojovich, a friend of Stenson's who was outside Scottsdale Stadium when she was told of the incident, "I can't believe this happened."

Residents told police they saw the man thrown off a black sport utility vehicle about 1:45 a.m. It appeared he had been shot and run over by the vehicle.

Residents were able to provide police with a description of the vehicle. A short time later, police located an SUV matching that description in Mesa.

Chandler Detective Emma Bribiescas said police impounded the SUV and are interviewing the driver, but she would not say whether he was a suspect.

Stenson, of LaGrange Ga., hit .247 with three home runs and 13 RBIss in 37 games with Reds this season. He was a third-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 1996 and played briefly with Boston during the 2002 season. He was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati on March 1.

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