UPDATE: The man who was shot by police Monday outside Groundwork Coffee Co. in Venice died from his wounds Wednesday. Police have identified the man as 41-year-old Jason Davis. He is the 11th person shot by LAPD officers — the second in Venice — this year.
A man wielding a knife was shot by police on Monday afternoon near the Groundwork Coffee Co. on Rose Avenue in Venice.
Officers were responding to a call about disorderly conduct near Rose and 7th avenues that came in at about 2 p.m., LAPD officer Jane Kim said.
The suspect had refused orders to drop the knife, Kim said.
No officers were injured during the confrontation, LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said during a brief media conference outside the coffee shop. Paramedics transported the man who was shot to a local hospital, he said.
“I was getting coffee in Venice and got in the middle of [an] LAPD shooting,” tweeted Batt (djabatt), a co-founder of BUZZmedia, Thrash Lab and Metapa.
A man who said he was a tourist from England but declined to give his name told The Argonaut that from inside Groundwork he heard what he believed to be three gunshots.
LAPD Force Investigation Division detectives are on scene to investigate the shooting and have cordoned off Rose Avenue between 6th and 7th avenues.
Montgomery declined to comment on the number of shots fired and did not speak to whether the suspect had approached the officers.
“That’s part of Force Investigation Division’s investigation,” he said. “A lot of details have to come out later. Whenever you have one of these types of incidents, they’re very fluid. It’s very fast and these details can take a little more time than people might expect.”
Asked whether police had obtained surveillance footage of the shooting, Montgomery noted that some of the businesses on Rose have outdoor cameras.
“These facilities will be asked if they can provide any video surveillance that they have,” Montgomery said.
This is the second officer-involved shooting in Venice over the past several months.
On May 5, a 29-year-old homeless man named Brendon Glenn was fatally shot by LAPD officers during a confrontation outside the Townhouse & Del Monte Speakeasy on Windward Avenue near the beach.
Police are asking anyone who has information about the shooting outside Groundwork to contact Pacific Division detectives at (310) 482-6313.
— Gary Walker