Knife-wielding suspect shot by LAPD outside Venice coffee shop dies at hospital

VENICE, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A man who was shot by Los Angeles police after allegedly refusing to drop his knife and advancing on officers outside a coffee shop in Venice Monday afternoon has died.

Jason Davis, 41, died at a local hospital at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter said Thursday.

The suspect had been listed in critical condition following the shooting which occurred outside a Groundwork Coffee Co. in the 600 block of Rose Avenue at about 2 p.m.

According to Groundwork Coffee Co. employees, the suspect walked into the coffee shop, began acting strangely and then pulled out a knife. One of the employees at the shop then dialed 911.

Responding officers confronted the suspect outside the coffee shop. They ordered him to drop the knife, but the suspect did not obey their orders and began to advance toward officers. One of the officers deployed a Taser, but the device appeared to have no effect on him, prompting the officers to open fire.

Anyone with information on this shooting was asked to call the LAPD's Force Investigation Division at (213) 486-5230.
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