Former UCLA Star Tyler Honeycutt Dead After Shootout With Police

Authorities said a man fired at police and barricaded himself in a Sherman Oaks Calif. home on Friday

Bort Escoto, a family friend who coached Honeycutt while he was in high school, said he tried to stay in contact with Honeycutt after police officers arrived. KABC-TV in LA report local authorities were called a Sherman Oaks home by Honeycutt's Mother who claimed he was "acting erratically".

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.

Honeycutt was named to the All-Pac 10 first team as a sophomore at UCLA then declared for the 2011 draft.

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Honeycutt, who was 27, spent two seasons at UCLA where he was named first-team all-Pac 10 as a sophomore before declaring for the 2011 National Basketball Association draft. He then barricaded himself inside the home for hours, according to police.

A spokesperson for the LAPD said they had also found a handgun near his body. Several residents in the area had been evacuated as a precaution. "LAFD responded & pronounced the male dead at the scene". At the time, it was not immediately clear if the unresponsive male was the suspect.

The LAPD said the man died of "self-inflicted gunshot" wounds after he reportedly fired on officers at the scene.

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Honeycutt had returned to Khimki in Russian Federation where he had been playing before his death. During the second round of the National Basketball Association draft in 2011, he was drafted by the Sacramento Kings.

"RIP Tyler Honeycutt", Golden State Warriors player DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins wrote. Thoughts and Prayers to His Family! "Rest in peace, Tyler", it tweeted.

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