Richardo Munoz has been identified by police as a black Lancaster man who was reportedly shot down by an officer responding to a domestic dispute hours earlier on Sunday, according to officials.
Munoz was killed shortly after 4 pm, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release Sunday evening. The office will lead an investigation into the shooting.
Ricardo Munoz Shot By Lancaster Cop
Lancaster County-Wide Communications received a 911 call for a domestic in the 300 block of Laurel Street in Lancaster City. The caller related that her brother was reportedly becoming aggressive with his mother and was attempting to break into her house.
Munoz was in the 300 block of Laurel Street around 4:15 pm when officers responded to a home for a “domestic disturbance”, the Lancaster District Attorney’s office said Sunday night.
At the time, a Lancaster city cop allegedly fired at Munoz, who the DA’s office said was armed with a knife.
He was announced dead at the scene.
Footage shows the Lancaster cop’s body-worn camera showing the officer in front of a home when Munoz “immediately emerges from inside and runs toward the officer with a knife about his head.
Ricardo Munoz’s Death Investigation
The footage shows Munoz brandishing a knife above his head, in clear view, in a threatening manner”.
The officer can be seen firing multiple times towards Munoz, who then falls to the ground, the DA’s office confirmed to local news outlets.
The DA’s office is investigating the shooting, per policy about shootings committed by officers. The DA’s office will determine if the use of force was justified and if any crimes occurred.
“A police-involved shooting has a 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. “However, I am asking that all reactions be tempered as the investigation is ongoing.”
“We will do our best to release details about the incident in a timely manner”, DA Adams said.
The officer was placed on administrative leave.
Lancaster Protesters Throw Bricks After Shooting of Munoz
More than 100 people flooded the streets surrounding Lancaster Bureau of Police station early Monday morning to protest the fatal police shooting of a Black man armed with a knife on Sunday, police said.
“Bricks were thrown through the front of the police station and into the post office window. People also threw water bottles, glass bottles, rocks, bricks, gallon jugs of liquids and parts of plastic road barricades at Officers”.