Racer X has learned that Tyler Evans, the bombastic, talented, former top privateer of AMA Supercross, has passed away. Evans was 38 years old.
While we have heard several stories as to the cause of death, we won't report on any of the rumors until they can be verified.
Evans is best known for his "One Punch" nickname and tough-guy image, one that launched his popularity far beyond his results. He was a very talented racer, though. He logged several strong 125 AMA Supercross results, including a second at the 1999 Dave Coombs Sr. East/West 125 Shootout in Las Vegas, but really came into his own several years later as a Suzuki-supported RM250 rider, playing up his image with the "One Punch" nickname, burly physique, and trademark "EVANS" tattoo across his abdomen.
He was a solid, consistent player week to week, scoring tenth in points in the premier class of supercross in 2004 and 11th in 2005. His career-best finish in the top class was a pair of sixths. By then, his "One Punch" image was in full song, as he found a unique place in the sport due to the edge carved into his personality and look.
Rest in peace, Tyler Evans.
[Update Sept. 19, 2018]
The Los Angeles Police Department has released preliminary information on an ongoing investigation regarding Evans.
On September 15, 2018, a female victim walked into the front lobby of Rampart Area (police) station and advised the officers that the suspect, later identified as Tyler Evans, was now outside of the Rampart Station armed with a firearm. The victim further advised the officers that on September 14, 2018, she filed a Domestic Violence report naming Evans as the suspect.
Rampart uniformed officers along with a Rampart supervisor responded to the front of the station, contacted Evans and attempted to apprehend him. Evans refused to comply with the officers' directions, resulting in the deployment of a 40mm less lethal munition. Evans then reached into his pant pocket, retrieved a handgun and suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
Here is a link to the LAPD's preliminary report, and it also includes contact information if anyone has additional tips or information in regards to this ongoing investigation.