By Antonis Stroggylakis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Tyler Honeycutt was confirmed as the basketball player who was killed during a shootout with the LAPD, early morning hours in Los Angeles. He was 27 years old.
The confirmation of the tragic news arrived by Aaron Mintz, Honeycutt’s agent, via Khimki Moscow, the team with which the American forward last played. Earlier, Khimki Moscow head coach Giorgos Bartzokas expressed his sentiments over Honeycutt’s death.
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
Earlier today (7/7), ABC reported of a shootout between the LAPD and a former UCLA and NBA player at his mid-20s who had been barricaded at a residence at the Sherman Oaks area, Los Angeles. According to the LAPD official Twitter account, the player shot a gun at the police that also fired back in response.
LAPD later tweeted that the SWAT team intervened and the player was pronounced dead at the scene. There were various reports saying that the player killed during the shootout was Tyler Honeycutt something that was eventually confirmed by his agent.
As of now, the exact circumstances of how Honeycutt was killed are still unknown.
Honeycutt has played in Europe from 2013 until the previous season. He spent most of his career with Khimki Moscow with which he won the 2015 EuroCup title. He also had stints with Israeli team Ironi Nahariya and in Turkey with Anadolu Efes. In the NBA, he had registered 24 games with the Sacramento Kings.
EuroLeague Basketball switched its logo on Twitter from orange to black and released the following statement on Honeycutt’s death:
“The Euroleague Basketball family expresses its sadness on the untimely passing of Tyler Honeycutt and offers condolences to his family, friends, teammates, coaches and many fans. May he rest in peace.”
Photo: VTB League.