Is more of this going on?
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department killed a man earlier this week, mistaking him for an armed assailant. John Winkler, 30, was actually a victim of the assailant.
Winkler worked as a production assistant on Tosh.0, according to the Los Angeles Times. The sheriff's department said in a statement that Winkler and another man were visiting a friend's apartment. The friend's roommate, Alexander McDonald, allegedly took the three hostage at knifepoint. Deputies were called to investigate. The door of the apartment opened and Winkler and another man, who was covered in blood, ran out. Because Winkler was "lunging at the back of the fleeing victim" and "was similar to the description of the suspect and was wearing a black shirt," three deputies fired at him. He was not armed. //
Assailant, victim - nail them both.
Earlier this year, eight LAPD officers who shot 103 bullets at two Hispanic women they mistook for one black man, hitting one of the women twice, were simply given "extra training" as punishment. A sheriff's deputy in South Carolina who shot a 70-year-old man because he mistook the man's cane for a rifle was told his actions were "an appropriate response to what he reasonably believed to be an imminent threat to his life." And in Albuquerque, police officers shot and killed a mentally ill homeless man as he turned away from them, which police chief Gordon Eden said was "justified."//