Former NBA, UCLA player Honeycutt dies after standoff with police

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Tyler Honeycutt (C), pictured with two Sacramento Kings teammates in 2011, barricaded himself inside a home in Los Angeles and apparently shot himself (AFP Photo/ROCKY WIDNER)

Tyler Honeycutt (C), pictured with two Sacramento Kings teammates in 2011, barricaded himself inside a home in Los Angeles and apparently shot himself

Tyler Honeycutt (C), pictured with two Sacramento Kings teammates in 2011, barricaded himself inside a home in Los Angeles and apparently shot himself (AFP Photo/ROCKY WIDNER)

Los Angeles (AFP) - Tyler Honeycutt, a basketball star at the University of California at Los Angeles who played two seasons in the NBA, was found dead Saturday after a standoff with Los Angeles police.

The 27-year-old Honeycutt, who had barricaded himself inside a home in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood, apparently shot himself, his former high school coach Bort Escoto told the Los Angeles Times.

The incident began on Friday evening when police responded to a call of a "man with a gun". Local television station ABC7 reported Honeycutt's mother had called police to say her son was acting "erratically".

A standoff lasting until the early hours of Saturday morning ended shortly before 4 a.m., when officers entered the home and found Honeycutt dead.

"He was a great kid to be around. But he was having some problems," Escoto told The Times. "From what I know, he shot himself."

Escoto said that Honeycutt had been pursuing his pro basketball career in Russia, but had difficulty adjusting to life there.

Honeycutt played for UCLA from 2009 to 2011. He was a second-round pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA Draft and played in 24 games over two NBA seasons.

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