FORMER NBA and UCLA basketball star Tyler Honeycutt had died at the age of 27 after a shootout with police at his Los Angeles home.
The former Sacramento Kings player was said to be acting erratically when his mother called police on Friday evening (local time).
It is reported that Honeycutt then barricaded himself inside his home for hours.
When members of the SWAT team entered the residence in Van Nuys they are said to have found Honeycutt dead.
The Los Angeles Police Department later stated in a post on Twitter that the suspect, who they have not yet confirmed as Honeycutt, “appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound”.
Honeycutt’s family and agent later confirmed his death.
NBA stars and colleagues paid tribute to Honeycutt, who burst onto the scene when he was named to the All-Pac 10 first team as a sophomore at UCLA then declared for the 2011 draft.
Honeycutt was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2011 and played two seasons there before being traded to the Houston Rockets in February 2013.
He then went to Europe, where he most recently played with BC Khimki in Russia.
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