LA Deputy Kills Hostage by Mistake

    Police units make their way to the scene where a person of interest was pulled over and detained in an area in which 3 fires occurred, in West Hollywood, California January 2, 2012. The fires damaged carports in Hollywood, North Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys and West Hollywood areas. Los Angeles police released video on Sunday of a man they would like to question as they investigate an unusual spate of arson attacks that torched dozens of cars in the days leading up to the new year. REUTERS/Gene Blevins  (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW TRANSPORT DISASTER) - RTR2VTFF

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    John Winkler, a 30-year-old TV production assistant for the Comedy Central show Tosh.0, was one of two hostages mistakenly shot by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office deputies Monday night. Winkler was killed by the shots. The deputies mistook Winkler for a knife-wielding suspect when he fled an apartment behind another hostage. However, when police entered the apartment, they found a fight going on between another male victim and the suspect, Alexander McDonald, who was choking and tearing at the face of the remaining hostage. He was subdued and arrested by deputies.

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