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John Winkler was killed in a case of mistaken identity

April 11, 2014 

John Winkler just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The 30-year-old aspiring producer was shot and killed by L.A. County sheriff’s deputies on Monday when they were responding to a report of a knife-wielding assailant at a West Hollywood apartment.

As per the statement released by the L.A country district attorney’s office, while the deputies arrived at the building to investigate, a man came running out of his apartment supping his neck and blood spurting out of it and Winkler was following him.

The deputies fired at Winkler thinking he was the attacker.

Alexander Tor Mcdonald, 26, has been charged with murder although he pleaded not guilty at his arraignment today and is to be back in court on May 8.

According to the LASD, "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.

"Winkler was similar to the description of the suspect and was wearing a black shirt," the statement continued. "Believing Winkler was the assailant and the assault was ongoing and he would attack the entry team; three deputies fired their duty weapons at him."

Winkler’s friend told LA Times that Winkler who had just moved to California six months ago was friends with two of the men in the nearby apartment and he went over to check on them because he heard screaming.

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