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American actor shot dead in attempted car theft

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American actor shot dead in attempted car theft


American actor Johnny Wactor was shot dead in Los Angeles by a thief who tried to steal a part from his car.

The 37-year-old man was fatally injured after interrupting three men who were trying to remove the catalytic converter from his parked vehicle.

Wactor – who previously featured in the US soap opera General Hospital – was pronounced dead early on Saturday.

His agent David Shaul says Variety he was an “exceptional human being.”

He continued: “He would literally give you the shirt off his back.

“After more than a decade together, he will forever leave a hole in our hearts.”

Scarlett, Wactor’s mother told NBC4 her son was returning to his car after work and discovered a man tampering with it.

Believing he was being towed and not suspecting the danger, he approached the man to ask what was happening, then was immediately shot, she said.

She told the outlet the suspect fled with two other men and called her son’s killing “senseless.”

Catalytic converters are valuable targets for thieves because they contain precious metals that can be sold.

The incident happened at the corner of West Pico Boulevard and South Hope Street in downtown Los Angeles. No arrests have been made.

A tribute shared by General Hospital producers said South Carolina-born Wactor was “truly one of a kind and a pleasure to work with every day.”

In addition to a two-year stint on the series, Wactor also starred in the 2013 NBC series Siberia and was featured in two episodes of HBO’s Westworld.

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