Reports: Former UCLA Star Tyler Honeycutt Found Dead After Shootout, Standoff With Police

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Former UCLA star and Sacramento King Tyler Honeycutt was found dead after a shootout with police late Friday night in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports.

Honeycutt’s mother reportedly called police Friday evening to report her son was “acting erratically.” The LAPD described the call as a “Man with a Gun” incident. When police arrived, Honeycutt reportedly “opened fire at the officers, who returned fire.” Honeycutt then reportedly “barricaded himself inside a Sherman Oaks residence.” The area around the residence was evacuated, but police indicated the suspect was alive, and the resulting standoff with police stretched into the early hours of Saturday morning.


SWAT officers finally gained access to the residence at around 3:30 Saturday morning, and “located an unresponsive male” who was pronounced dead at the scene. Honeycutt was first team All-Pac-10 in 2011 as a sophomore for UCLA before being selected 35th overall by the Kings in the 2011 NBA Draft. He played just 24 games in the NBA across two seasons in Sacramento before he was traded in February 2013 to the Houston Rockets, who waived him a month later. He’d been playing overseas since August 2013, most recently with BC Khimki of the Russian VTB United League. He was 27 years old.