Former UCLA and Sacramento Kings basketball player Tyler Honeycutt has died following an exchange of gunfire with Los Angeles police Friday night. A family member on Saturday confirmed to KABC that Honeycutt had died.
Former UCLA player Tyler Honeycutt dies after shooting at police, barricading himself inside home: https://t.co/VmRxW9TkER
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) July 7, 2018
The Los Angeles Police Department says it responded Friday afternoon to a report of a man with a gun, and during the initial encounter, the suspect fired a shot out of a residence and officers returned fire.
Crisis negotiators were called, and a SWAT team found an unresponsive man who was pronounced dead by paramedics.
The department, which did not identify the man, said he appeared to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot.No officers were injured in the altercation, according to LAPD. Several residents in the area had been evacuated as a precaution.
We are saddened by the news of Tyler Honeycutt’s passing. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/ZbIpeyc9kH
— UCLA Basketball (@UCLAMBB) July 7, 2018
Honeycutt played for the Bruins from 2009 to 2011. He was a second-round pick by the Kings in the 2011 NBA draft and played in 24 games over two seasons before continuing his professional career overseas. Another sad story of a former athlete.