Former Basketball Star Dies in Police StandoffNewser — Neal Colgrass
A former college basketball star who later played for the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets was found dead Saturday after exchanging gunfire with the LAPD, the LA Times reports.
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.
Cops returned fire and the man barricaded himself inside. Honeycutt was later found dead on the scene. Bort Escoto, Honeycutt's former high school coach, says Honeycutt's mother called and said he had killed himself, which the LAPD echoed in a tweet, per USA Today.
"It's hard for an LA kid to go to Russia, not know the language or surroundings. He was basically having a hard time with the adjustment. I just kept telling him he needed to get out and meet people." No officers were hurt in the gunfire and at least 30 local residents were evacuated during the standoff, ABC 7 reports.
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