Basketball player Tyler Honeycutt has died following a stand-off with police in America, according to reports.
The mother of the 27-year-old who had previously played for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA, reportedly said her son was acting “erratically” on Friday evening.
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 behaviour.
Los Angeles Police Department later said a man they had an exchange with in the Sherman Oaks area in LA had died from a “self-inflicted gunshot wound”, though they did not name the man.
Moscow’s BC Khimki basketball team, who Mr Honeycutt had recently played for, confirmed his death on Twitter.
He wrote: “Tyler Honeycutt passed away… Player’s agent, mr. Aaron Mintz, confirmed the death of Honeycutt @Khimkibasket expresses its deepest condolences to Tyler’s family and friends Rest in peace, Tyler.”
Tyler Honeycutt passed away…
Player's agent, mr. Aaron Mintz, confirmed the death of Honeycutt@Khimkibasket expresses its deepest condolences to Tyler's family and friends
Rest in peace, Tyler… pic.twitter.com/y0SELMlgNN
— BC Khimki (@Khimkibasket) July 7, 2018
In a series of messages on Twitter, the LAPD said officers were responding to “a man with a gun”, who they say fired a shot from within a residence which he had barricaded himself inside.
UPDATE: At approx 5pm Officers assigned to Van Nuys Division responded to a radio call of a Man with a Gun in the area of Riverside Drive & Tyrone Avenue. They made contact with the suspect, a male in his 20’s, and as they were communicating with the suspect an OIS occurred.
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 7, 2018
They said officers “returned fire” but initially did not know if the man was hit.
A crisis negotiation team was also on the scene.