Tyler Honeycutt a former UCLA and Sacramento Kings basketball player was found dead over the weekend, he was 27-years-old. No one is sure exactly what happened or why Honeycutt was acting so irrational but the Los Angeles Police Department and L.A. Fire Department said that a 911 call was made at the home of the basketball player by his mother.
When the police arrived the man shot at them before barricading himself in the home. After nine hours the SWAT team eventually entered the residence after the standoff. Honeycutt was pronounced dead on the scene. Many thought police had killed the young basketball player but it was later revealed that Honeycutt had taken his own life. The LAPD tweeted that “the suspect appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
No officers were injured in the altercation, according to LAPD. Several residents in the area had been evacuated as a precaution.
Honeycutt’s family confirmed his identity and death to ABC7, the LAPD and LA Fire Department had not commented on the identity because of the ongoing investigation.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Bort Escoto coached Tyler Honeycutt at Sylmar High School in Los Angeles from 2005 to 2009. The coach was reportedly in touch with the basketball player during the standoff with police and said that Honeycutt may have taken his own life.
“He was a fantastic kid. He was a great kid to be around. But he was having some problems. From what I know, he shot himself.”
According to the coach, the problem the young basketball star was having was that Honeycutt was struggling to adapt to life on foreign soil while he was playing in Israel and Russia. “It’s hard for an L.A. kid to go to Russia, not know the language or surroundings. He was basically having a hard time with the adjustment. I just kept telling him he needed to get out and meet people.”