Production Assistant from “Tosh.O” Mistakenly Gunned Down

Posted Friday April 11, 2014 9:49 AM GMT

He had recently moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in the entertainment industry, but sadly John Winkler's pursuit of his dream ended on Monday night (April 7).

According to a Los Angeles Times report, the 30-year-old victim was helping his neighbors after a hostage situation when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies shot him dead.

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

Devin Richardson, a friend of Winkler, told the Times, “It's just a really sad story. He basically went to help some neighbors and ends up getting shot."

John Winkler was hired as a temporary production assistant on the hit Comedy Central program “Tosh.O.”

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