** The following information is based on a preliminary, ongoing investigation which continues to evolve as investigators interview witnesses, review physical and electronic records, and analyze forensic evidence. The Department's understanding of the incident may change as the investigation continues and additional evidence is collected and analyzed. **
Los Angeles: On July 13, 2015, around 2:00 p.m., Pacific Area patrol officers responded to a radio call for “disorderly suspect armed with a knife” in the 600 block of Rose Avenue. The comments of the call indicated that the suspect brandished a knife at people in the area.
When the officers arrived, they were directed to the suspect who was later identified as Jason Davis. Officers observed Davis sitting at a table in the patio area, armed with a knife. They began giving commands for Davis to drop the knife, however he refused to comply. 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.
Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedics responded to render medical aid to Davis and transported him to the hospital where he was listed in critical condition. No officers were injured during this incident and a large box cutter was recovered at the scene.
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 Departments 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.
Anyone with information is asked to call Force Investigation Division at 213-486-5230. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.
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