According to body cam footage released by the police department, a Lancaster City Bureau official responded to a call of a domestic disturbance at 4:15 pm when 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz came out with a large knife.
In a statement, the police department said the 911 caller told a Lancaster County dispatcher that his brother – Munoz – was being aggressive with his mother and attempting to sneak into her home.
Bodymark footage shows a woman running from the house as Munoz can be heard screaming from inside.
Munoz then comes out mashing the knife, and the officer is heard and seen firing his weapon. The 27-year-old falls to the ground.
After the shooting, a crowd gathered to protest in front of a police station. Some of 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 investigation into the shooting was ongoing, and they would determine whether the force used by police was appropriate.
District Attorney Heather Adams said Sunday night, “The police-involved shooting has a significant impact on a community, as we congregate on the streets in large numbers.”
“We ask that the acts of protest remain peaceful as violence and destruction of property will become headlines and there will be no purpose for the safety and well-being of our citizens and neighborhood.”
Lancaster Mayor Danin Soares said in a statement that the officer involved in the shooting has been placed on leave.