Tyler Honeycutt, a former UCLA basketball star, died on Saturday morning at the age of 27. Honeycutt, who played in the NBA and overseas after starring for the Bruins, was found dead in a Sherman Oaks home after a shootout with police officers, according to ABC 7.
Honeycutt’s agent, Aaron Mintz, confirmed the news to Russian basketball club BC Khimki, where Honeycutt played last season.
The incident prior to Honeycutt’s death began Friday night, when a “man with a gun reportedly open fired on police officers and barricaded himself inside of a home when police returned fire. Hours later, the Los Angeles Police Department SWAT team entered the home and found Honeycutt dead.
It is believed that he took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot, according to reports.
The LAPD announced on Twitter:
We can confirm that during the initial encounter the suspect fired a shot out of the residence and officers returned fire. No officers were injured and it’s unknown if the suspect was struck. This is still an ongoing barricaded situation with SWAT officers on scene. SWAT entered the residence & located an unresponsive male. LAFD responded & pronounced the male dead at scene. Investigators from our Force Investigation Division are at scene conducting a thorough investigation and we will provide more details as they become available.
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.
Honeycutt’s family members confirmed to media outlets that he was the unresponsive male.
There are no further details on the events leading up to the shootout with police. Our deepest condolences are with Honeycutt’s family and friends during this difficult time.