Protest erupts after police shoot knife-wielding man in Lancaster, PA

An officer shot a man who was lunging at him with a knife in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on Sunday, police said.

An officer with the Lancaster City Bureau of Police responded to a call of domestic disturbance at 4:15 P.M., when 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz rushed out with a large knife, according to body cam footage released by the police department.

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 falls to the ground.

After the shooting, crowds gathered to protest in front of a police station. Some in the crowd damaged a police vehicle and others threw bricks.

Officers use tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

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.

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