Tosh.0 Production Assistant “Mistakenly” Killed by L.A. Sheriff Deputy

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On Monday night, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had mistakenly shot and killed John Winkler, a production assistant for the TV show, Tosh.0. The authorities claimed that they mistaken Winkler for the suspect.

According to the Los Angeles Times, John Winkler entered a neighbor’s apartment to help three people who were being held captive at knife point. The police were called to the scene and Winkler attempted to escape the residence with one of the victims. The officers thought he was the suspect chasing a victim. Sadly, they shot Winkler, and he died later that night at a local hospital.

After the shooting, a friend of Winkler named  Devin Richardson, made a statement to the Los Angeles Times “It’s just a really sad story. John had just moved to L.A. six months ago from Washington state to pursue a career as a producer. He basically went to help some neighbors and ends up getting shot.”

The real suspect is 27-year-old, Alexander McDonald. He was arrested and charged with 1 count of murder, 2 counts of attempted murder, and 1 count of torture.

The Sheriff Department released a statement:

“As deputies continued attempts to contact the people in the apartment, the apartment door suddenly opened and a male victim came rushing out. He was covered in blood and bleeding profusely from the neck. Simultaneously, Victim Winkler ran out of the door, lunging at the back of the fleeing victim. Both ran directly at the deputies. Winkler was similar to the description of the suspect and was wearing a black shirt. Believing Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team; three deputies fired their duty weapons at him.”

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