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Tyler Honeycutt dies following gunfire exchange with police

Tyler Honeycutt dies following gunfire exchange with police

Tyler Honeycutt was confirmed as the basketball player who was killed during a shootout with the LAPD, early morning hours in Los Angeles.

According to authorities, LAPD was dispatched to a residence at Sherman Oaks after Honeycutt's mother called around 5 p.m. PT on Friday claiming her son was "acting erratically". It was unclear whether Honeycutt shot himself or was shot by police.

No officers were injured in the shooting. Im said the officers at the scene fired back.

He played basketball for the UCLA Bruins from 2009-2011.

U.S. media report it was the former Sacramento King's player, who was on contract for Moscow's BC Khimki.

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Police haven't officially released his name, but LAPD identified the suspect as Honeycutt on police scanners.

At 3:43 a.m. on Saturday, the agency tweeted that SWAT officers entered the home and found an unresponsive male who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Honeycutt was a UCLA basketball star, earning All-Pac-10 first team honors in 2011 as a sophomore, before being drafted by the Kings in the second round. He appeared in 24 games for the Kings in two seasons, spending most of his time in the Kings' G-League affiliate, Reno Bighorns.

In 2013 he left the United States to play for Israeli team Ironi Nes Ziona, followed by BC Khimki in 2014.

Honeycutt, 27, was the No. 28 ranked player in the country coming out of Sylmar High School in California. He also had stints with Israeli team Ironi Nahariya and in Turkey with Anadolu Efes.