According to new reports, the former basketball player, Tyler Honeycutt, died after a standoff with police. The former UCLA Bruins and Sacramento Kings basketball player was 27-years-old.
Josh Rubenstein, a spokesperson for the police department, said to Us Weekly that the police had received a phone call around 5 pm regarding a man who had a gun and was behaving erratically at a Sherman Oaks address.
When the police arrived at the scene, they discovered a man in his late 20’s, and he supposedly began shooting at them. The police shot back, and after several hours, Honeycutt turned the gun on himself.
Mr. Rubenstein stated that it isn’t known if they managed to hit him with gunfire. Before his death, Honeycutt barricaded himself in the house, and SWAT, Crisis Negotiation Team, and MEU, all responded and came in full force to the scene of the crime.
The police had to evacuate around 30 different people and at 2:30 am, the police found Mr. Honeycutt unresponsive inside the house, subsequently pronouncing him dead. You can check out the LAPD’s tweet below:
UPDATE: Regarding last nights Officer-Involved Shooting in Van Nuys Division, it appears as if the suspect was not struck by any officer’s gunfire. The suspect appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 7, 2018
After the incident went down, the police took to Twitter to say that SWAT had entered the residence and located him. Later on, they claimed that it appeared he had killed himself through a self-inflicted gunshot.
A spokesperson for the LAPD said they had also found a handgun near his body. According to TMZ, his mother was the one who called the police because Tyler was behaving strange and unpredictable.
Honeycutt, perhaps, is most known for playing basketball for the Bruins for two years, from 2009 until 2011, and played in 2011 for the Sacramento Kings.
Tyler only played professionally for one year, before he was assigned to the D-league team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. He then went on to play with the Russian team, Khimki and won the Eurocup championship. And in 2015-16, he competed in the EuroLeague games and averaged around 6 points per game.