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Tyler Honeycutt, a former UCLA star and Sacramento Kings draft pick, was found dead in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles on Saturday morning following a shootout with police officers, per ABC 7. He was 27.
Honeycutt’s agent Aaron Mintz confirmed his client’s death on Saturday to the Russian professional team that Honeycutt played for this past season.
Mintz did not immediately return an email from Yahoo Sports on Saturday seeking confirmation.
Honeycutt and LAPD officers exchanged shots Friday night
According to the LAPD, the incident began Friday at around 5 p.m. PT when police responded to a call about a “man with a gun” inside a Sherman Oaks residence. The suspect allegedly opened fire at officers and then barricaded himself inside the residence after police returned fire.
Los Angeles police department SWAT officers entered the residence at about 4 a.m. PT on Saturday and found the suspect unresponsive. He was pronounced dead by investigators of what is now believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Family members identified the man as Honeycutt on Saturday morning, ABC 7 reported.
An officer at the Los Angeles Police Department Van Nuys Division told Yahoo Sports on Saturday morning that because the case is still under investigation, he could not provide further details or confirm the involvement of Honeycutt. A lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office declined comment to Yahoo Sports on Saturday morning and said he could not yet release the name of the deceased.
Honeycutt starred at UCLA and played for the Sacramento Kings
Honeycutt, a 6-foot-8 forward from Sylmar, just north of Los Angeles, played two seasons at UCLA from 2009-2011 and earned first-team All-Pac 12 honors in his sophomore season. He then declared for the NBA draft and was selected by Sacramento in the second round (35th overall pick) in 2011.
He played minimally for the Kings and was eventually traded to Houston in 2013. He never played for the Rockets, and in August, 2013, he moved his playing career overseas, starting with Ironi Nes Ziona in Israel. For the past few years, he had bounced back and forth between Khimki and Anadolu Efes in Turkey.
Several NBA players tweeted out their condolences
Honeycutt’s coach at Khimki, Giorgios Bartzokas, was too overwhelmed to comment, saying “I am sorry I cannot talk right now, I am really sad.”
Many NBA players — both current and past — expressed their thoughts on Twitter.
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