Skip to comments.Ex-NBA Player Dead After Gunfight With Police
Posted on 07/08/2018 12:24:14 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK
Friends and family said former UCLA star Tyler Honeycutt was acting erratically before he died
Los Angeles, CA A former NBA player and all-conference college player at UCLA died Saturday from what is suspected to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a gunfight with police.
Tyler Honeycutt, 27, was identified by friends and his agent as the player who died in the standoff with police.
The Russian team that Honeycutt last played for confirmed his death on Twitter.
The BBC reported that Honeycutts mother called the police because her son was acting erratically. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) responded at about 5:10 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Times.
While officers were talking to Honeycutt, he fired a gun from inside the residence. Officers returned fire and Honeycutt barricaded himself in the home.
For several hours, police thought Honeycutt was alive, according to the LAPDs Twitter account.
Police said on Twitter it was not known if Honeycutt was hit by police fire.
Hours later, SWAT entered and found Honeycutt unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Los Angeles Times.
He was a fantastic kid, said Bort Escoto, who was the high school coach of Honeycutt and had been in contact with Honeycutt and his mother, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was a great kid to be around. But he was having some problems. From what I know, he shot himself.
Escoto said he last spoke to Honeycutt at 4 p.m. Friday. Escoto said it appeared Honeycutt was burdened with something. When Honeycutts mother called Escoto and said her son was acting erratically, he told her to call 911.
After Honeycutt had barricaded himself in the Sherman Oaks home, Escoto texted him to ask whether he was OK. Honeycutt responded with just a K, according to the Los Angeles Times.
At 4:45 a.m. Saturday, Honeycutts mother called Escoto and told him her son had taken his own life.
Honeycutt was supposed to sign a new contract Saturday with a team from Russia or Israel. Honeycutt didnt enjoy playing overseas, according to Escoto.
Its hard for an L.A. kid to go to Russia, not know the language or surroundings, Escoto told the Los Angeles Times. He was basically having a hard time with the adjustment. I just kept telling him he needed to get out and meet people.
Honeycutt played two years at UCLA and was a first-team all-conference selection his sophomore year. He declared for the NBA draft after the 2010-11 season. Honeycutt was a second-round draft pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2011. He played two years before going overseas in Israel, Turkey and Russia.
Honeycutt was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft. He played with the Kings for two seasons and in 2013 moved to Europe, where he played for EuroLeague clubs Khimki and Anadolu Efes. He commited suicide following a shootout with police on July 6, 2018.
Only played for two seasons. Never heard of him before this.
He fought the law, and the law won.
“The LAPD added Honeycutt appeared to suffer “injures consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Still, condolences to his family & friends.
He was a fantastic kid”...
Sure sounds like it!
Best graphic representing the insanity of our times that I’ve ever seen!
Wow- just what was so awful in his life that he went on a raging suicide bender? Gotta be some drug influences thrown in.
“He was a fantastic kid, said Bort Escoto”
Yeah, a real An Hero.
Did he have a promising rap career too?
Act nuts and then shoot yourself = SSRIs.
I’m not blaming the police but never ever call them unless it is absolutely positively the last choice.
Studio City. Rental homes average $25K a month. Swank area. The “fantastic kid” was probably involved with unethical actions, like drugs and theft.
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