Former UCLA basketball player Tyler Honeycutt was found dead Saturday after a standoff with police in Sherman Oaks, a family friend told the Los Angeles Times.
“He was a great kid to be around. But he was having some problems. … From what I know, he shot himself,” Bort Escoto, who coached Honeycutt at Sylmar High School, told the paper.
Authorities pronounced a person dead at a Sherman Oaks home after police exchanged gunfire with a suspect who barricaded himself inside, officials said .
Officers first responded to an apartment building on Tyrone Avenue near Riverside Drive around 5 p.m. Friday due to reports of a man armed with a gun, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Residents in the 4700 block of Tyrone Avenue were evacuated.
Police spoke with the suspect, a man in his 20s, face-to-face and through a cellphone before he fired at them from inside the building, officials said.
While no officers were hurt, at least one of them discharged a weapon, according to the Police Department. It was unknown whether the suspect was struck, LAPD added.
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.
Authorities have not identified him. However, the Russian basketball team BC Khimki, along with other athletes, paid tribute to the 27-year-old athlete on Twitter following reports that he died after the standoff.
Escoto told the L.A. Times that Honeycutt, who also played for the Sacramento Kings, had a difficult time adjusting in Russia while playing in the Eastern European Professional Basketball League.
Authorities provided no further information.