Report: Coroner rules Honeycutt death a suicide

The Los Angeles County coroner's office officially declared the death of former UCLA and Sacramento Kings forward Tyler Honeycutt a suicide following an investigation, USA Today reported Thursday.

Honeycutt died at the scene of a nine-hour standoff and shootout with Los Angeles police in the early morning of July 7, eight days before he would have turned 28. Per the report, the coroner's office completed its autopsy and closed the case, calling his death a suicide because of a gunshot wound to the head.

The shootout happened at Honeycutt's home in Sherman Oaks.

It was initially unclear whether police shot Honeycutt or he shot himself, but the LAPD tweeted on July 7 that "it appears as if the suspect was not struck by any officer's gunfire. The suspect appears to have sustained injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound."

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UCLA @@#23 Tyler Honeycutt breaks past CSULA @@#32 Carl Hoffman and @@#10 Franklin Session in the first half of game action of UCLA against Cal State Los Angeles at Pauley Paviilion in Westwood on November 9, 2010. Score at halftime is 45 UCLA�19 Cal State Los Angeles. (Photo by Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
LAWRENCE, KS - DECEMBER 02: Tyler Honeycutt #23 of the UCLA Bruins in action during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on December 2, 2010 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Anaheim, CA - December 18, 2010: UCLA Bruins forward Tyler Honeycutt (23) reacts after hitting a 3 point shot at the Honda Center on December 18, 2010 in Anaheim, CA as the UCLA Bruins took on the Cougars of BYU during the John Wooden Classic. (Photo by Craig Bennett/Icon SMI/Corbis via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA -JUNE 25: Tyler Honeycutt #3 of the Sacramento Kings smiles for the camera following a press conference on June 25, 2011 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 13: Tyler Honeycutt #3 of the Sacramento Kings takes a jump shot during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 13, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr./NBAE via Getty Images)
SACRAMENTO, CA - JANUARY 12: Tyler Honeycutt #9 of the Sacramento Kings dunks against the Miami Heat on January 12, 2013 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
HERAKLION, GREECE - FEBRUARY 05: Alexey Shved, #1, Egor Vyaltsev, #9 and Tyler Honeycutt, #33 of Khimki Moscow Region react during the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Basketball Top 16 Round 6 game between Olympiacos Piraeus v Khimki Moscow Region at the Peace and Friendship Arena on February 5, 2016 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. (Photo by Panagiotis Moschandreou/EB via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - SEPTEMBER 27: Tyler Honeycutt, #2 of Anadolu Efes Istanbul poses during the 2016/2017 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Media Day at Abdi Ipekci Arena on September 27, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Aykut Akici/EB via Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 27: Tyler Honeycutt, #2 of Anadolu Efes Istanbul in action during the 2016/2017 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 4 game between Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul v Anadolu Efes Istanbul at Volkswagen Arena on October 27, 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Aykut Akici/EB via Getty Images)
Tyler Honeycutt during the match between FC Barcelona and Anadolu Efes, corresponding to the week 17 of the Euroleague, on 19 January 2017. (Photo by Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - APRIL 25: Tyler Honeycutt, #2 of Khimki Moscow Region in action during the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Play Offs Game 3 between Khimki Moscow Region v CSKA Moscow at Arena Mytishchi on April 25, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Mikhail Serbin/EB via Getty Images)
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According to the LAPD's Twitter feed, police had responded to a call of a man in his 20s with a gun. The suspect barricaded himself, according to the LAPD, and "as were communicating with the suspect an [officer-involved shooting] occurred."

The LAPD later tweeted "We can confirm that during the initial encounter the suspect fired a shot out of the residence and officers returned fire." He was pronounced dead at the scene.

After playing two seasons at UCLA, from 2009-11, Honeycutt was drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. He played in 24 games over two seasons in the NBA, averaging 1.2 points and 1.0 rebounds per game. His last NBA season was 2012-13.

He played overseas beginning in 2013, playing as recently as last season for BC Khimki in Moscow.

--Field Level Media

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