Friends and loved ones on Friday were mourning an innocent man who was mistakenly shot to death by deputies who responded to a report of a stabbing in West Hollywood earlier this week.
John Winkler, 30, rushed out of an apartment behind another victim who was bleeding profusely from the neck and covered in blood, when deputies fired on both men, according to a sheriff’s news release issued Thursday.
The deputy-involved shooting occurred after a report of a “assault with a deadly weapon, man with a knife” at an apartment complex in the 900 block of Palm Avenue, a call that came in about 9:30 p.m. Monday, the news release stated.
When deputies got to the apartment, Winkler came running out, “lunging at the back” of another man also fleeing, the release said.
Lynette Romero reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on April 11, 2014.