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Venice shooting victim dies from LAPD gunshot wounds

A man who was shot by Los Angeles police after allegedly advancing on officers with a knife at a Venice coffeehouse on Monday has died, authorities said today.

It happened about 2 p.m. Monday on the patio of Groundwork Coffee Co., 671 Rose Ave. Jason Davis, 41, died at a hospital about 8 p.m. Wednesday, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said.

A witness said Davis sat down on the patio but then turned and began vomiting. He had been drinking from a bottle of black liquid, the witness — an employee of the coffeehouse — told a reporter at the scene.

When a store manager came out to talk to Davis, he became unruly and pulled out the knife, prompting a call to police, the employee said.

Arriving officers were directed to Davis, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

“Officers observed Davis sitting at a table in the patio area, armed with a knife,” a police statement said.

“They began giving commands for Davis to drop the knife, however he refused to comply,” police said.

“Davis stood up and began to aggressively approach the officers. One officer deployed a Taser, however it did not have an effect on Davis. Davis continued his advance on officers while still armed with the knife and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” police said.

The shooting is being investigated by the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division, the Office of the Inspector General and a shooting team from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division.

Anyone with information on this shooting was asked to call the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division at (213) 486-5230.  Tipsters can also call the LAPD’s 24-hour tipline at (877) LAPD-24-7, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. All tips can be made anonymously.

Authorities identify Venice police shooting victim

"I was getting coffee in Venice and got in the middle of LAPD shooting," said Twitter user @djabatt who posted photos following the shooting on Monday.
“I was getting coffee in Venice and got in the middle of LAPD shooting,” said Twitter user @djabatt who posted photos following the shooting on Monday.

A man who was shot by Los Angeles police after allegedly advancing on officers with a box-cutter knife at a Venice coffeehouse remained hospitalized in critical condition today.

Police identified the suspect as Jason Davis, but they had no further information on his age or whether he is a transient.

Davis was shot around 2 p.m. Monday on the patio of Groundwork Coffee Co., 671 Rose Ave.

A witness said Davis, who appeared to be mentally ill, sat down on the patio but then turned and began vomiting. He had been drinking from a bottle of black liquid that appeared to be a mix of water and cigarette butts, the witness — an employee of the coffeehouse — told a reporter at the scene.

When a store manager came out to talk to Davis, he became unruly and pulled out the knife, prompting a call to police, the employee said.

Two officers confronted Davis — one with a Taser and the other with a gun, the witness said. He said the officer with the Taser used his weapon first, but it appeared to have no effect on Davis.

The officers warned the man to drop the knife, but he refused and walked toward them, according to the witness who said the other officer then fired two or three rounds.

The knife was recovered by officers at the scene, according to the LAPD.

This shooting is being investigated by the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division, the Office of the Inspector General and a shooting team from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division.

Anyone with information on this shooting was asked to call the LAPD’s Force Investigation Division at (213) 486-5230.  Tipsters can also call the LAPD’s 24-hour tipline at (877) LAPD-24-7 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. All tips can be made anonymously.

VIDEO: Man shot by LAPD outside Groundwork Coffee in Venice in critical condition

Police shot a man in the patio of a coffeehouse in Venice on Monday after he brandished a knife.

The suspect was in critical condition after surgery, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Rosario Herrera said.

The shooting occurred on the patio of Groundwork Coffee Co. at 671 Rose Ave. about 2 p.m.

An employee told a reporter that the man appeared to be mentally ill. He said there are a number of disturbed people who live in the area and wander into the coffeehouse.

The employee said the unidentified suspect sat down but then turned and began vomiting. He had been drinking from a bottle of black liquid that appeared to be a mix of water and cigarette butts, according to the witness.

When a store manager came out to talk to the man, he became unruly and pulled a knife, according the employee.

Two officers confronted the man — one had a Taser and the other a gun, the witness said. He said the officer with the Taser used his weapon first, but it appeared to have no effect.

The officers warned the man to drop the knife, but he refused and walked toward them, according to the witness who said the other officer then fired two or three rounds.

VIDEO: Officer-involved shooting in Venice outside Groundwork Coffee

Updated Monday, July 13 – 3:41 p.m.

Los Angeles police have confirmed that an officer-involved shooting occurred about 2 p.m. today near Sixth and Rose in the Venice area outside Groundwork Coffee.

There’s still no word on the suspect’s condition. LAPD Officer Jane Kim says the OIS occurred when police responded to a call of a “disorderly man with a knife.”

A Groundwork Coffee employee who was at the shop’s patio described what he witnessed:

We get people who are aggressive and mentally ill quite frequently. He was vomiting and drinking a black liquid that appeared to be water with cigarette butts in it – he started acting belligerent and aggressive. He was swearing and yelling at us and telling us to film his death for YouTube and make money off it. He was saying ‘you people have been torturing me for years’ and just sort of saying delusional and incoherent babbling.

He pulled out a knife… the blade was not yet open, or he may of opened the blade I’m not certain.… we told my boss and she called the police.

They showed up, they asked the man to surrender his knife, he wouldn’t. He stood up and started yelling incoherently. One of the cops had a taser, the other had a gun – it appeared to be a gun with non-lethal bullets – we’re not entirely certain. The man came at them apparently holding a knife – a friend of mine saw this, I only saw the cops side which was being blocked by the cars. He came towards them, they tasered him. That didn’t take him down, so he kept walking. The other officer fired I think twice. He cried out in pain and fell to the ground.

LAFD investigates fire outside Rose Avenue warehouse

A pile of foam padding that caught fire outside of a Venice warehouse was being investigated by arson detectives, according to authorities.

The 10-foot by 20-foot pile of rubbish was reported burning at 5:47 p.m. Saturday in the 300 block of Rose Avenue, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.

A team of 30 firefighters doused the flames in less than 30 minutes before it could have damaged the large, one-story warehouse, Scott said.

No injuries were reported.

LAFD and Los Angeles Police Department detectives were investigating the fire, which might have been sparked by illegal fireworks, Scott said.