John Winkler‘s life was tragically cut too short. The aspiring TV producer, who was working as a production assistant on Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, was gunned down by police in Los Angeles on Monday, April 7, after being misidentified as violent stabbing suspect, Alexander McDonald. John was killed by one single shot.
‘Tosh.0′ Production Assistant Shot And Killed By L.A. Police
Tosh.0 production assistant John Winkler, 30, was killed on Monday, April 7, in Los Angeles, after being mistaken for a stabbing suspect, Alexander McDonald, 27, and fatally shot by cops.
John, who moved to California from Washington just six months ago, was at his West Hollywood, California apartment when he heard screams from a neighboring unit. According to the LA Times, John went to help his friends who were being held hostage at knifepoint. He was reportedly trying to escape the violent suspect, Alexander, when he was misidentified as the attacker and gunned down by cops outside of his apartment.
John was killed by one single gunshot wound, and was declared dead at the hospital.
How Did The Police Mistake John For The Stabbing Suspect?
The police were called to the West Hollywood apartment, and arrived around 9:30PM. When cops got to the scene, they saw a man, covered in blood, running out the door. John followed next, and the police thought he was lunging at the bloody man escaping in front of him. John was also wearing a black shirt, similar to the attacker’s outfit.
This prompted the police to shoot out, hitting both men. The other man was shot in the leg, but is in stable condition.
According to the LA Times, cops allegedly saw Alexander choking the other victim inside the apartment and split the men up, before arresting the attacker.
Los Angeles sheriff John Scott told the LA Times, “I have no doubt the entire Sheriff’s Department mourns the death of John Winkler, none more than the deputies involved.”
John’s roommate, Devin Richardson, told the newspaper, “It’s just a really sad story. He basically went to help some neighbors and ends up getting shot.
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