Former UCLA and Sacramento Kings forward Tyler Honeycutt reportedly died following a standoff and shootout with Los Angeles police Friday night. He was 27 years old.
It was unclear whether police shot Honeycutt or he shot himself, but the LAPD tweeted Saturday that “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.”
The LAPD has not yet identified the decedent.
TMZ reported that police found the body inside a home in Sherman Oaks, a Los Angeles suburb little more than 20 miles northwest of downtown L.A., early Saturday morning. TMZ also reported that a gun was found at the scene.
According to the LAPD’s Twitter feed, police responded to a call of a man in his 20s with a gun. The suspect barricaded himself, according to the LAPD, and “as [police] were communicating with the suspect an [officer-involved shooting] occurred.”
The LAPD later tweeted “We can confirm that during the initial encounter the suspect fired a shot out of the residence and officers returned fire.” He was pronounced dead at the scene.
ABC7 in Los Angeles reported that family members confirmed the man killed in the incident was Honeycutt.
After playing two seasons at UCLA, from 2009-11, Honeycutt was drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. He played in 24 games over two seasons in the NBA, averaging 1.2 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. His last NBA season was 2012-13.
He played overseas beginning in 2013, playing as recently as last season for BC Khimki in Moscow.