Lancaster, PA – Police released bodycam footage that captured the moment when a suspect ran out of a home with a knife over his head and began chasing after a Lancaster police officer on Sunday (video below).
The officer discharged his duty weapon during the encounter, killing the armed suspect.
Police released the video just hours after the unprovoked attack, in an effort to quell the unrest that had quickly built up as protesters gathered, WGAL reported.
The incident began at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Sept. 13 when Lancaster police were dispatched to the 300-block of Laurel Street for a report of a domestic disturbance, Lancaster Online reported.
Police said that the caller reported that 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz was being aggressive with his mother and trying to force his way into her home.
Bodycam footage showed one of the officers as he walked down the sidewalk towards the home.
A moment later, the front door of a house began to open and a woman on the other side began yelling at someone inside the residence, the video showed.
She suddenly scrambled out of the house – closing the door behind her – as a man yelled out from somewhere in the home.
“Get back, get back,” the officer told the woman, as he also stepped away from the front porch slightly.
The woman was barely clear of the entryway when the door flew open again and Munoz came out of the home with a knife raised above his head, heading directly for the officer, the video showed.
Officer tried to run away and put distance between himself and the armed man, but the knife-wielding attacker quickly closed in on him.
He was just feet away when the officer fired his duty weapon, hitting him multiple times.
Munoz immediately collapsed to the ground and dropped his knife onto the pavement, the video showed.
He was pronounced dead at the scene, Lancaster Online reported.
The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal officer-involved shooting, according to police.
The LPD has also launched an internal investigation “to make sure policy and training and use of force was properly followed and established,” LPD Chief Jarrad Berkihiser told Lancaster Online.
The officer who shot Munoz has been placed on administrative leave, as per protocol.
“Any loss of life, regardless of how it happened, is devastating,” Chief Berkihiser told reporters on Sunday night. “It’s devastating for everybody involved. It’s devastating for our police department, the families and our community.”
Rioters converged on the scene in the wake of the fatal officer-involved shooting on Sunday night, smashing out the windows of the LPD station, the post office, and multiple private vehicles and patrol cars, WGAL reported.
Munoz was no stranger to the Lancaster Police Department (LPD), police said.
Officers also arrested him in March of 2019 for allegedly stabbing three adults and a child, the Patriot-News reported.
When officers arrived at the scene of that incident, they found Munoz standing out on the sidewalk, gripping a knife, according to police.
He allegedly held the blade to his own throat when he saw the officers approaching.
Munoz ignored their commands to drop the knife and attempted to retreat into a home at one point, but was tased and taken into custody on four counts of aggravated assault, the Patriot-News reported.
Officers found three adults inside the residence suffering from multiple slash and stab wounds, according to police.
They also found a 16-year-old boy who had been stabbed in the face, ankle, thigh, and torso, the Patriot-News reported.
The stabbing victims all survived the attack, according to the Gateway Pundit.
It is unclear what became of the charges Munoz faced in connection with the 2019 assaults.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content:
This is the bodycam footage of the officer-involved shooting in Lancaster, PA that Black Lives Matter is rioting over. The perpetrator charged at the police officer with a knife over his head with clear intent to strike. pic.twitter.com/xD72TweQK4
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) September 14, 2020