On Monday April 7, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed John Winkler, a production assistant for the show Tosh.o, reports the LA Times. He was killed in a horrific case of mistaken identity.
Here’s what you need to know about him and this tragic incident:
1. He Was Trying to Rescue His Neighbors
Three of Winkler’s neighbors were being held at knifepoint in his apartment complex. When Winkler went to the condo in question, he helped one of the hostages escape. As he ran from the apartment, responding sheriff’s deputies shot him. The Sheriff Department have 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.
Winkler died later at hospital. He was shot once.
2. He Just Moved to LA
In the Los Angeles Times report, one of Winkler’s friends, Devin Richardson said:
It’s just a really sad story. He basically went to help some neighbors and ends up getting shot.
The friend added that Winkler had just moved to LA just six months ago to pursue a career as a TV producer.
3. The Suspect Has Been Charged With Murder
The suspect, Alexander McDonald, 27, took three people hostage in the apartment building and held them at knifepoint. He was arrested and his charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and a further count of torture, reports KTLA.
4. He Lived in West Hollywood
According to his Facebook page, Winkler drove from his home in Washington to Los Angeles in November 2013. He made his new home in West Hollywood.
5. Winkler Was Pretty Funny
He’s a native of Puyallup in Washington. Judging by his Facebook postings he’s a passionate Seattle sports fan and loves to crack jokes.