Former Sacramento Kings and UCLA standout basketball player Tyler Honeycutt has died after exchanging gunfire with police, the Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed.
According to The Mercury News, police found Honeycutt, 27, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound early Saturday morning after a reported shootout with police at his home in Sherman Oaks. Police said a SWAT team entered the home and found an unresponsive male, who was pronounced dead at the scene around 3:45 a.m.
Honeycutt reportedly barricaded himself inside the residence during an 11-hour standoff with police in which gunshots were exchanged. A former star player at Sylmar High School outside of L.A., Honeycutt was under contract in Russia for Moscow’s BC Khimki at the time of his death.
Bort Escoto, Honeycutt’s former coach at Sylmar High, spoke to him just before his death and said he’d been acting unusual, which left him concerned.
“He’s been going through some things,” said Escoto. “He called me at around 4 p.m. (Friday), I planned on going to his house to talk, but his mom called me 45 minutes later saying, ‘He had a gun and was talking crazy.’ I told her to call 9-1-1. I feel like something in or from Russia might have triggered his recent behavior.”
Honeycutt, a 6-8 forward who made his name as a perimeter player, starred at UCLA from 2009 to 2011. He was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA Draft and also played for the Houston Rockets before leaving the U.S. in 2013 to play for Israeli team Ironi Nes Ziona, followed by BC Khimki in 2014.