Family and friends of the aspiring producer mistakenly killed by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies this week said he was excited to be chasing his Hollywood dream.
John Winkler, a 30-year-old TV production assistant who had recently arrived from Washington state to pursue a career in entertainment, was hit once in the chest when three deputies opened fire on him Monday night at a West Hollywood apartment complex, officials said in a statement. Deputies mistook him for an assailant who was holding people hostage at knifepoint in an apartment.
Winkler had recently been hired for several days as a production assistant for the comedy show “Tosh.0.” Winkler’s friend Devin Richardson said Winkler wanted to become a producer or director.
“He chased dreams,” Richardson said. “He was very smart, a well-liked guy.”
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