A production assistant from the Comedy Central series Tosh.0 was mistakenly shot and killed by a member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The staffer, whose name was John Winkler, was mistaken for a stabbing subject and was fatally shot after deputies responded to an “assault with a deadly weapon, man with a knife call at an apartment complex in West Hollywood on Monday night,” according to the Sheriff’s Department (via The Wrap).
Deputies were directed to an apartment where they were told that the suspect was a thin white male who was wearing a black shirt. When they arrived at the apartment, the door opened and a man lunged out with John following closely behind. He met the description of the suspect so three deputies fired their weapons at him. It was then that they heard more commotion coming from the apartment and the real suspect was seen attacking another victim.
We send out thoughts and condolences to John‘s family during this difficult time.