Man Shot by LAPD Outside Venice Coffeeshop ID’d; Box-Cutter Found at Scene
A man who was left in critical condition after being shot by police outside a Venice coffeeshop was identified Tuesday by LAPD, which released a statement on the incident.
The shooting occurred Monday afternoon at the Groundwork Coffee shop in the 600 block of Rose Avenue.
Jason Davis was sitting at a table in the patio area, armed with a knife, when officers arrived about 2 p.m. in response to a “disorderly suspect armed with a knife,” the Los Angeles Polic Department statement said.
Davis allegedly refused to comply with officers’ commands that he drop the knife. He then stood up and “aggressively” approached officers, prompting one officer to use a Taser on him, police said.
The Taser had no effect and Davis continued to move toward officers, according to the LAPD statement. Police fired on him.
It was not clear if one or more officers fired on Davis, who was hospitalized in critical condition, according to the statement. His age was not released.
Officers rolled Davis over and handcuffed after the shooting, video taken by a bystander showed. An ambulance responded.
No officers were injured. A “large” box-cutter was found at the scene, according to police.
The LAPD’s internal Force Investigation Division was investigating, and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division was also expected to conduct a review.
Witnesses said the man appeared to be homeless. He was drinking out of a bottle filled with dark liquid and cigarette butts and vomited before police arrived.
Also before officers responded, the man told people in the area that he believed he was going to die that day, witnesses said.
LAPD officers in early May killed another homeless man, Brendon Glenn, during a violent confrontation about a mile away.
Monday’s shooting marked the 22nd time LAPD officers shot someone this year, the Los Angeles Times reported. Ten of those people shot were killed, according to the newspaper.