Man with knife shot & wounded by LAPD officers
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has confirmed in a recently issued statement that officers shot and critically wounded a man after he refused to drop a knife on Monday.
Police officers responded to a report of an armed man at a coffee shop in the area of Rose and Sixth avenues in Venice at around 2 p.m. yesterday. The man, who appeared to be homeless, was carrying a bottle filled with water and cigarette butts.
An employee of the coffee told police that the man sat down on the patio and started drinking from a bottle. Soon he started vomiting, and became unruly. When police arrived at the scene, he pulled a knife and started moving toward an officer.
One of the officers told him to drop the knife and surrender, but he didn't obey the orders. Soon the officers fired multiple shots at the man.
Confirming the incident, LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery said, "Two officers approached him and told him to surrender his knife, with guns drawn. They ordered that suspect to drop that knife and comply, however he refused to do so and that's when the officer involved shooting occurred."
The man, whose name was not released immediately, was taken to a hospital. Doctors said the man's condition was critical after surgery.
It was second police-involved shooting in the Venice area in a little more than a couple of months. In May, LAPD officers shot and killed Brendon Glenn, a 29-year-old unarmed homeless man.
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