Los Angeles police shot a knife-wielding man outside a Rose Avenue coffee shop on July 13.
According to a statement by the Los Angeles Police Department, officers responded to a radio call for a “disorderly suspect armed with a knife” in the 600 block of Rose Avenue at about 2 p.m.
LAPD said the call indicated that the suspect brandished a knife at people in the area.
When the officers arrived they observed the suspect, later identified as Jason Davis, sitting at a table in the patio area armed with a knife. The officers commanded Davis to drop the knife, but he refused to comply. Davis stood up and started to aggressively approach the officers. One officer useda Taser, butit did not have an effect on Davis. He continued his advance while still armed with the knife, and the officers shot him.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded, and Davis was transported to the hospital and listed as in critical condition. No officers were injured during this incident. A large box cutter was recovered at the scene.
According to LAPD’s Force Investigation Division, investigators responded to the incident and will conduct a thorough investigation of the officer-involved shooting. The investigation will ultimately be reviewed by the Chief of Police, the Office of the Inspector General and Board of Police Commissioners for compliance with the department’s use of force policy, which states that an officer’s use of force actions must be objectively reasonable.
Additionally, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division will conduct a comprehensive review of the facts of the officer involved shooting.
The incident is the second officer-involved shooting in Venice this year.
On May 5, LAPD officers shot and killed Brendon Glenn during a fight near Windward Circle. Glenn was unarmed and the incident drew criticism from members of the community.