Police Mistakenly Shoot Unarmed Man Who Was Fleeing From Armed Attacker

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Source: AP / The Huffington Post

 

LOS ANGELES  — Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies mistakenly shot to death a hostage who was fleeing from a knife-wielding attacker at a West Hollywood apartment, authorities announced Thursday.

John Winkler, 30, an aspiring television producer, died at a hospital following Monday night’s confrontation.

“Taking the life of an innocent person is a police officer’s greatest nightmare,” Interim Sheriff John Scott said at a news conference.

The entire department mourned Winkler’s death, he added.

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