Protesters poured onto the streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Sunday night calling for “justice” — for a man shot dead by police while charging at an officer with a knife.
Body camera footage showed Ricardo Munoz, 27, brandishing a knife and wielding it over an officer’s head as cops responded to a domestic disturbance call around 4:15 p.m.
Protesters marched from the scene of the deadly shooting to the Lancaster Police Department, hurling bricks, smashing windows and vandalizing cars.
In a statement, the police department said the 911 caller told a Lancaster County dispatcher that her brother — Munoz — was becoming aggressive with his mother and was attempting to break into her house.
The bodycam footage shows a woman escaping the house as Munoz can be heard shouting from inside.
Munoz then emerges while brandishing the knife, and the officer is heard and seen firing his weapon. The 27-year-old Munoz falls to the ground.
The district attorney’s office said the shooting is under investigation, and it will determine if the force used by police was justified.
“A police-involved shooting has significant impact on a community, as we are seeing with the large number of individuals gathering in the streets,” District Attorney Heather Adams said Sunday night.
“We ask that acts of protest remain peaceful as violence and destruction of property will become headlines and serve no purpose for the safety and well-being of our citizens and neighborhoods.”
Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace said in a statement that the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on leave.