27-yr-old Ricardo Munez was shot and killed by police officers today in Lancaster, PA.
Local 6ABC reported about the incident – It happened on the 300 block of Laurel Street around 4:15 p.m. when Lancaster City police officers arrived for a domestic disturbance call.
Authorities say Munoz was shot and died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
According to the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office, bodycam video shows the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz, immediately run toward the officer “in a threatening manner” while brandishing a knife in front of the residence.
The footage shows that when the officer gets in front of a residence in the 300 block of Laurel Street, Munoz immediately emerges from inside and runs toward the officer, brandishing a knife above his head, in clear view, in a threatening manner. The officer then fired.
The GRAPHIC video of the encounter can be seen here:
BREAKING: @Lancaster_DA releases body cam footage of the officer involved shooting. It’s clear as day the suspect charged the cop to attack him with a knife. But this doesn’t matter to the “protesters”, they’re still raising hell in the city tonight. pic.twitter.com/hxyRKPsf3m
— Brendon Leslie (@BrendonLeslie) September 14, 2020
BLM radicals have already begun setting the scene for riots. It usually starts with some brave soul attacking an inanimate object like a police cruiser.
LANCASTER: BLM riots kick off in Lancaster, PA after an officer involved shooting of a man armed with a knife
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) September 14, 2020
Never mind that only one year ago, a knife wielding Munoz was arrested for stabbing four people including a teenager, who Munoz stabbed in the face. According to the 2019 crime report, when police arrived on the scene of the crime in Lancaster, PA, and told Munoz to drop the knife, he refused.
On March 5, 2019, The Lancaster Online reported –
Police ID Lancaster city stabbing suspect, charge him with felony aggravated assault
A Lancaster man is facing four counts of felony aggravated assault following a stabbing spree on North Queen Street in Lancaster city Monday.
Four people — including a 16-year-old boy with a stab wound to the face — were transported to Lancaster General Hospital following the string of stabbings, which stemmed from a fight, according to police.
At 3:10 p.m. Monday, police were called to the scene, where they found Munoz outside a home on the 500 block of North Queen Street holding a knife to his throat, a news release states.
After repeated commands by police to drop the knife, Munoz attempted to jump over a handrail in front of a residence, according to police, who deployed a stun gun on Munoz and took him into custody.
Munoz was transported to Lancaster General Hospital on Monday for injuries to his hand, then released and taken to the police station, the news release stated.
Ricardo Miguel Munoz, 25, is in Lancaster County Prison in lieu of the $1 million bail set by District Judge Adam Witkonis.
Crime Watch provides more detail : On Monday March 4, 2019 at approximately 1510 hrs. Officers from Lancaster Bureau of Police, Platoon C, were dispatched to the area of the 500 blk. N. Queen St. for a report of a fight that was in-progress. While Officers were en-route, additional information was received that someone at the scene of the fight had been stabbed.
The first Officers were on scene within (2) minutes of being dispatched. Those Officers saw that there was a male on the west sidewalk.The male, later identified as Ricardo Munoz M/25, was holding a knife. Munoz saw the Officers and held the knife to his own throat. The Officers gave commands to Munoz to drop the knife but he did not comply.
Munoz attempted to climb over a handrail toward the front of a residence. An Officer deployed an Electronic Control Weapon (ECW) (commonly referred to by the brand name Taser) on Munoz. After the ECW had been deployed, Officers were able to take Munoz into custody and secure the knife. Munoz was initially checked for injuries to his hand at LGH, discharged from the hospital and then transported to the Police station.
Officers heard people inside the residence where Munoz had attempted to gain entry. People inside said that there were injured inside. Officers went inside and found (3) adults with injuries consistent with stabbing/slashing. EMS was requested for those victims.
As Officers continued to check the interior and exterior of the building they located a 16 year old male to the rear of the property. The juvenile had multiple injuries as a result of the stabbing. Police, Fire & EMS personnel provided care for the victims and all (4) were transported to LGH for treatment. The juvenile male suffered stab wounds to his face, right thigh, left ankle and the right side of his torso. That juvenile is still in serious but stable condition at the hospital.
A (22) year old female suffered a slash injury to one of her hands. She was treated at the hospital and eventually discharged.
A (26) year old male suffered a slash to his head. He was treated at the hospital and eventually discharged.
Another (26) year old male suffered a stab wound to his left arm. He is still at the hospital in fair condition.
The preliminary investigation revealed that Munoz had gotten involved in a verbal altercation with people outside of the residence on the 500 blk. N. Queen St. That escalated to a physical altercation where several people reportedly punched or kicked Munoz. At the end of the fight all of the combatants walked away from Munoz. Munoz went to a backpack and retrieved a knife. Munoz used the knife to stab or slash the victims.
The victims were able to retreat into the residence and Munoz was still outside when Officers arrived. The juvenile, the (22) year old female and the (26) year old male with the stab wound to the arm are all related to each other. There is no known relationship between Munoz and any of the victims.
Officers and Detectives spoke with multiple witnesses and canvassed the area for evidence and surveillance video locations. Traffic on the 500 blk. N. Queen St. was closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic until shortly before 1900 hrs. Det. Matt Odenthal filed a criminal complaint against Munoz before MDJ Roth. Munoz has been charged with (4) counts Aggravated Assault (F1). Munoz was processed on the complaint and is awaiting preliminary arraignment. Bail information was not available as of the time of this press release.