'Tosh.0' Producer Killed By Police In West Hollywood, Tragic Case of Mistaken Identity
One of the staffers of Comedy Central show Tosh.0 was shot and killed this Monday in a tragic case of mistaken identity. The person behind the gun was a police officer with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the shooting a case of the officer mistaking him for the stabbing suspect they've come for. He was 30.
Reports vary on whether the victim, John Winkler, was a production assistant or a producer on Tosh.0, but according to a statement by the LA County Sheriff's Department, officers responded to a call about an assault with a deadly weapon on the 990 block of Palm in West Hollywood. A man reportedly had a knife and was threatening several people. According to The Wrap:
Winkler died later that night at a local hospital. The suspect, 27 year old Alexander McDonald, was arrested and charged with murder, attempted murder, and torture.
Cases of innocent people dying are always, always tragic. Winkler's is made even more so in that he'd reportedly been trying to help others in the situation, and wound up dead because of it. Our condolences go out to his loved ones, for this must be a truly difficult time.