WeHo Man Mistakenly Killed by Deputies Was in SoCal to Chase His Dream

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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, who died after being shot by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies on April 7, 2014, appears in a photo posted on Facebook.

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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