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08 July 2018, 03:39 | Charlene Valdez
Armed, barricaded suspect may be former NBA, UCLA basketball star: report
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.
Family members identified Honeycutt on Saturday, after reports that the man had been a former basketball player for both UCLA and the NBA, according to ABC 7.
According to the report, after the suspect's mother called police and they arrived at the home, the suspect fired at police who then returned fire.
Honeycutt then barricaded himself in his home while officers waited diligently for any sign of self-defeat or retaliation. Neither Tyler nor any officers were injured in the shooting, leading officers to believe that he killed himself. Several residents in the area had been evacuated as a precaution.
Starting his career at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Honeycutt was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2011.
The 6-foot-8 Sylmar native as a sophomore at UCLA was named the team's co-MVP and was a first team Pac-10 player before declaring for the 2011 NBA Draft. The Sacramento Kings selected the Los Angeles native with the 35th overall pick, and Honeycutt played 24 games across two seasons before he was traded to the Houston Rockets in February 2013. SWAT officers responded to a "man with a gun" call at the Sherman Oaks, Calif., home of Tyler Honeycutt, where officers were shot at when trying to communicate with someone inside, per the LAPD. "Prayers up for his family and friends". He was 27 years old. Since 2011, he played in Israel, Turkey and Russian Federation.
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Upon police arrival, Honeycutt opened fire at officers and then barricaded himself inside a residence, per the report. In 2011, Honeycutt put his name in the NBA Draft was selected 35th overall (2nd Round) by the Sacramento Kings .
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