LOS ANGELES — The panicky 911 caller said a man with a 10-inch butcher knife was threatening people. So when Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies saw a wounded, bloody man rush out of a West Hollywood apartment with someone on his heels, they opened fire.
But the man they gunned down Monday night wasn’t a mad slasher; he was a fleeing hostage.
John Winkler, 30, an aspiring television producer, died at a hospital.
“Taking the life of an innocent person…