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 around 4:15 p.m.
The blade-wielding Lancaster, Pennsylvania, man shot dead by police was previously busted in 2019 for knifing four people in the city, according to his lawyer and officials.
Protesters marched from the scene of the deadly shooting on Laurel and Union streets to the Lancaster Police Department about a mile away, hurling bricks, smashing windows and vandalizing police cars.
After the crowd gathered on an access ramp near the station, police asked them to move, issuing several warnings that “chemical munitions” would be used, PennLive.com reported.
“OC spray,” or pepper spray, was eventually deployed when the mob refused to move, police said, adding that some were “physically challenging officers that were moving to clear people from the ramp.”
Bricks were thrown through the front of the police station and post office, police said.
Cops received a 911 call to a home on the 300 block of Laurel Street in downtown Lancaster Sunday afternoon, with the caller saying her brother was getting aggressive with his mother and trying to break into her house, police said in a release.
Body cam footage, taken from the first officer on scene, captured the seconds leading up to the fatal shooting.
The video shows the officer initially making contact with a woman at the home — as Munoz suddenly bursts through the front door, charging at the officer with a knife in his right hand, police said.
As the officer flees, he fires several shots at Munoz, striking and killing him.
Additional officers arrived at the scene a short time later, police said.
The district attorney’s office said the shooting is under investigation, and they 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 wellbeing 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.
“This has been a heartbreaking day for our city. I grieve for the loss of life and know that there are more questions to be answered as the investigation continues,” Sorace said.