The Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has admitted to mistakenly shooting and killing 30-year-old John Winkler, an aspiring television producer. Winkler, 30, was shot after he rushed out of an apartment. Three deputies thought he was a stabbing suspect who had held people hostage and fired.
Sheriff’s deputies said they got a call about an assailant with a knife inside one of the units. When they got to the complex, a witness told them there were two men in the apartment and that the assailant was a thin white man wearing a black shirt, according to the statement.
Deputies “announced themselves” at the apartment but got no response. The door suddenly burst open and a bloodied man came out. At the same moment, Winkler ran out, “lunging at the back of the fleeing victim,” according to the department.
The deputies believed that “Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team.”
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