Protests erupt in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, after police fatally shot dead a 27-year-old man who ran against a police officer while brandishing a knife over his head.
- Protesters took to the streets in Lancaster, Pennsylvania hours after the man was fatally shot by police
- The Bodycam video shows Ricardo Munoz, 27, “brandishing a knife over his head” in a threatening way
- The Lancaster District Attorney’s Office is investigating the incident
- Protesters gathered in front of the Lancaster police headquarters, calling for accountability
- WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
The Bodycam video shows Ricardo Munoz, 27, “waving a knife over his head” in a threatening manner. He was shot
Crowds gathered in protest in a Pennsylvania city on Sunday night after a man was fatally shot by an official who authorities say responded to a call for domestic distress.
The shooting, which took place shortly after 16:00 in Lancaster, killed 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office said. office will investigate the incident.
Footage from the policeman’s body shows Munoz coming out of the house and running to the policeman when he arrives at the residence as part of the conversation.
Munoz could be seen brandishing a knife over his head “clearly” and “menacingly” when the policeman fired at him.
Ricardo Munoz was fatally shot by an officer who authorities say responded to a domestic distress call. Here you can see him holding a knife in his right hand
The anxiety officer did not hesitate to shoot Munoz
Munoz fell to the ground and died at the scene a little later
Munoz died at the scene and no one else was hit by the shooting.
“Police-related shootings have a significant impact on the community, as we see with the large number of people gathering on the streets,” said District Attorney Heather Adams. “However, I ask that all reactions be mitigated as the investigation continues.”
WGAL-TV reported on the windows of police vehicles were smashed during a protest against the shooting later Sunday night.
Protesters gathered in front of Lancaster Police Headquarters, calling for accountability
Lancaster Police Chief Jarad Berkihiser held a brief press conference on Sunday, but shared very few details about the shooting.
Police and protesters are on the scene after Ricardo Munoz was shot dead by police on Sunday
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck
Crowds also headed to the city’s police station to continue their protests and could be heard chanting “this is what democracy looks like.”
Police Chief Jarad Berkihiser held a brief press conference on Sunday, but shared very few details about the shooting. He said people could stay close to the crime scene, but urged them to stay calm and peaceful.
A “final decision on the use of force” will be made by District Attorney Adams.
“We ask that the protests remain peaceful, as violence and destruction of property will become headlines and will not serve any purpose for the safety and well-being of our citizens and neighborhoods,” the prosecutor’s office said.
Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace also issued a statement: “It was a heartbreaking day for our city. I grieve the loss of life and I know that there are still questions to be answered as the investigation continues. ”