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Family of 'Tosh.0' PA Slams LA Sherrif's Department With Lawsuit

6/17/2014

By L.A. Ross
TheWrap

The family of John Winkler is filing a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, after deputies mistakenly shot and killed the aspiring TV producer during a knife attack April 7.

Also read:  'Tosh.0' Production Assistant Mistakenly Shot and Killed by LA Sheriff Deputy

Winkler, 30, was one of three men who was being held hostage at knifepoint at an apartment in West Hollywood by suspect Alexander McDonald, 27. Deputies who responded to the situation believed Winkler was the attacker when he pursued another victim out the front door of the apartment; both were bloodied from the knife attack.

The family will also speak publicly for the first time about the incident at a press conference Tuesday in Seattle — not far from Winkler's hometown of Puyallup, Wash. Winkler's aunt told TheWrap shortly after his death that the aspiring producer was a kind man who loved his family.

Also read:  Daniel Tosh Sends Heartfelt Condolences to John Winkler, Production Assistant Who Was Killed

"He was a bright kid and he was really funny and enthusiastic and he went down there to make his way in that industry," Anne-Marie Vanwart, said at the time. "I've known him since he was about 9-10 months old. He was really good to his grandparents, particularly good to his grandparents, and he had a lot of good friends here, friends that were good kids like he was."

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