Former Sacramento King Tyler Honeycutt found dead after standoff with LAPD

Hope Soto
July 8, 2018

Earlier today (7/7), ABC reported of a shootout between the LAPD and a former UCLA and National Basketball Association player at his mid-20s who had been barricaded at a residence at the Sherman Oaks area, Los Angeles.

The suspect barricaded himself inside the home, so police set up a perimeter and called in a SWAT team, according to Officer Jeff Lee with the Department's Media Relations Section. At least 30 residents surrounding the home were evacuated as a precaution.

He allegedly barricaded himself in a Sherman Oaks residence, and Honeycutt's mother called police to say he was acting erratically.

BC Khimki released a statement on Twitter after Tyler's death, saying, "Players agent, Mr. Aaron Mintz, confirmed the death of Honeycutt".

LAPD SWAT officers went into the home and discovered the unidentified man's body early Saturday morning after shots were fired.

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After being waived by the Rockets, Honeycutt went to Europe, where he most recently played with BC Khimki in Russian Federation. Once inside they found Honeycutt completely unresponsive with what appeared to be self-inflicted gunshot wounds.

Honeycutt had recently spent the 2017-2018 season playing in the EuroLeague with Khimki Moscow Region.

No officers were injured in the shooting. He was declared dead at the scene by the fire department.

Honeycutt was a UCLA basketball star, earning All-Pac-10 first team honors in 2011 as a sophomore, before being drafted by the Kings in the second round. Honeycutt was just 27 years old.

In February 2013, the small forward was part of a six-player trade that also sent Thomas Robinson and Francisco Garcia to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich and Toney Douglas. He returned to Khimki last year after a year at Turkish team Anadolu Efes.

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