According to different reports, basketball player Tyler Honeycut had died following a police shootout with police in Los Angeles. Honeycutt who was also a former NBA player for Sacramento Kings was currently on a contract for Moscow's BC Khimki.
The L.A. Police Department said Honeycut appeared to have died of a "self-inflicted gunshot" after he fired on the officer. It all happened at his residence Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles.
Mr. Honeycott’s high school coach and family friend Bort Escoto told the LA Times that Mr. Honeycutt's mother asked him to call the police after sharing concerns about her son’s behavior. Honeycutt's mother reportedly called the police because her son was acting "erratically".
It all happened yesterday afternoon, while the Police Department reported that a man with a gun fired a shot out of a private residence on the officers
Escoto also said Honeycutt had had trouble adjusting to living outside of the US, in this case in Russia. “It’s hard for an LA kid to go to Russia, not know the language or surroundings,” he told the LA Times. “He was basically having a hard time with the adjustment. I just kept telling him he needed to get out and meet people.”
His team confirmed his death on Twitter after speaking with his agent.
Starting his career at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Honeycutt was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2011. He played brief spells for the Reno Bighorns before moving to the Houston Rockets.
In 2013 he left the US to play for Israeli team Ironi Nes Ziona, followed by BC Khimki in 2014. He returned to Khimki last year after a year at Turkish team Anadolu Efes.
Escoto paid tribute to Honeycutt as a person. “He was a fantastic kid,” Escoto said. “He was a great kid to be around. But he was having some problems.”