Tyler Honeycutt, a former NBA and EuroLeague pro, died in the early morning hours on July 7 following an altercation and standoff with the LAPD, ABC7-Los Angeles reported.
The altercation included shots fired by both Honeycutt and the responding officers, according to police. It was initially unclear if Honeycutt died from injuries sustained during the initial gunfire exchange, but now the LAPD says his injuries appear to be “consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Honeycutt, a standout high school star in California, most recently played for Russian pro team Khimki in the 2017-18 season. He was 27.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Police Say They Responded to a Call of a Man With a Gun Acting “Erratically”
According to the LAPD, police responded to a call about a man with a gun in the neighborhood of Sherman Oaks, located by Riverside Drive and Tyrone Avenue, around 5 p.m. on July 6. The man’s mother made the call after her son displayed erratic behavior.
Upon making contact with the man, he shot his weapon from inside the home at LAPD officers. At least one officer returned fire.
2. Officers Returned Fire & the Suspect Barricaded Himself Inside the Home
After the initial exchange of gunfire, the suspect barricaded himself inside his home, according to police.
Police brought in SWAT and LAPD’s Crisis Negotiation Team and evacuated at least 30 residents from nearby homes while they attempted to get the suspect to surrender.
According to KTLA 5 Los Angeles local news, officers spoke with the suspect in person and through a cellphone while attempting to get him to surrender.
3. The Suspect Died at the Scene & No Officers Were Injured During the Standoff
Nearly 11 hours after the incident began, officers gained access to the home at 3:30 a.m. and found the suspect dead at the scene. No officers were injured.
Earlier in the morning of July 7, LAPD hadn’t ruled a cause of death. They believed the suspect was still alive throughout the standoff and were unsure if he had been shot during the altercation.
Although not officially confirmed, investigators on the scene now believe the suspect died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
ABC7-Los Angeles identified Honeycutt as the suspect and deceased in the first version of its article, but his name has since been removed and the suspect is being referred to as “a former NBA and UCLA basketball player.”
Police haven’t officially released his name, but LAPD identified the suspect as Honeycutt on police scanners.
LAPD’s Force Investigation Division is currently working on its investigation at the scene.
4. Honeycutt Was a Decorated Prospect in High School & Played for UCLA Before Being Drafted by the Sacramento Kings
Honeycutt, 27, was the No. 28 ranked player in the country coming out of Sylmar High School in California. He played basketball for the UCLA Bruins from 2009-2011. He was named First Team All-Pac-10 in his sophomore season after averaging 12.8 points per contest.
The Sacramento Kings drafted him with the 35th pick in the 2011 draft. He appeared in 24 games for the Kings in two seasons, spending most of his time in the Kings’ G-League affiliate, Reno Bighorns.
The Kings traded Honeycutt to the Houston Rockets in 2013. The Rockets waved him a month later. Honeycutt went overseas and signed a contract with the Ironi Nes Ziona, a team in the Israeli Super League.
In 2014, Honeycutt joined Khimki, a Russian professional team, on a two-year contract. His team won the EuroCup.
He also spent a year playing for Anadolu Efes, a Turkish squad, before returning to Khimki in 2017. He averaged 9.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in EuroLeague action this past season and won the BSL Slam Dunk Contest.
5. The Basketball World Is Reacting to His Death on Social Media
New Orleans Pelicans small forward Solomon Hill, among others, reacted to Honeycutt’s death on Twitter.
Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins offered his prayers.
Basketball reporter David Pick said that Honeycutt was working on an NBA comeback and even tried out for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
This is a developing story