LA sheriffs shoot, kill Tosh.0 production assistant who was helping friends attacked by man with knife

At left, John Winkler, who was shot to death by a Sheriff's Deputy in West Hollywood on Monday. At right, Alexander McDonald, the suspect charged in the case with holding Winkler's friends against their will and attacking them with a knife.

In West Hollywood on Monday, 30 year old aspiring television production worker John Winkler was mistaken for a stabbing suspect, and shot to death by a deputy as he fled an apartment where friends were being held against their will and attacked by a knife-wielding man. From the Los Angeles Times, on Winkler's death:
In fact, he was one of three hostages being held inside an apartment by a man with a knife. Winkler was shot in the chest when he rushed out of the apartment with one of the other victims, sheriff's officials said in a statement.

“The apartment door suddenly opened and a male victim came rushing out,” the statement said. “He was covered in blood and bleeding profusely from the neck. Simultaneously, Winkler ran out of the door, lunging at the back of the fleeing victim. Both ran directly at the deputies.”

Three deputies fired at Winkler. He was shot once and died at a local hospital. The other victim was also shot in the leg, officials said.

"Winkler moved to West Hollywood from Washington state six months ago to pursue a career in entertainment," reports the Times. He had recently landed a temporary contract gig as aproduction assistant on the Comedy Central web-clip show Tosh.0.

Notable Replies

  1. dobby says:

    This particular tragedy my below statements may not apply, my sympathy to grieving friends and family for a life cut short.  I know there is a place for a firearms unit in some situations, but the police in the US train with escalation to use of deadly force as the first or second option far to often both on the road and when interacting with people.
    Firefighters and paramedics are taught to be aggressive in attacking most non-human problems but to back off to a safe area and wait for help when there is a danger they are not equipped or trained to handle directly.
    The police continue to seek ways to aggressively handle human situations as though they were playing GTA with cheats turned on.
    If the police did not have everyday permission or tools to escalate to deadly force as was the case in the UK perhaps they would be more inclined as in the UK to find a solution that didn't involve frontal assault and aggressive attitude.

  2. Please let Winkler's family sue the department out of existence. Don't just seek monetary damages, seek closing the department and firing of all patrol staff, too. No more wrist slaps, no more paid vacations for fuck ups, just fire their criminal asses.

  3. The police and their families are safe. That's all that's important.

  4. This case from last year was startling when the LAPD randomly shot up a pickup truck delivering newspapers.....

    Two women were shot and injured a year ago this week in the town of Torrance, CA when their vehicle was erroneously assumed to be driven by Dorner, a 33-year-old ex-cop suspected of killing a police officer in cold blood only hours earlier in the nearby town of Riverside.

    The women were delivering newspapers just before dawn on the morning of February 7 when their blue Toyota Tacoma was mistaken mid-route by police for the grey Nissan Titan that Dorner was spotted driving hours earlier. At a news conference on Tuesday this week, Chief Charlie Beck of the Los Angeles Police Department recalled that an officer confused the sound of a paper being thrown against the pavement with that of a gunshot, and opened fire on who he presumed to be the disgruntled former cop. Seven other officers then began shooting.

    By the time the smoke had cleared, the officers involved had fired more than 100 rounds at the women's pickup truck. Emma Hernandez, 71, suffered two gunshot wounds to the back, and her daughter, 47-year-old Margie Carranza, was injured by auto glass shattered during the early morning encounter.

  5. "Only imperial storm troopers are so precise"

Continue the discussion

68 more replies