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Monday, 14 September 2020

Protests erupt in Lancaster, Pennsylvania after police fatally shoot a 27-year-old man who ran at an officer while brandishing a knife above his head

Crowds gathered to protest in a city in Pennsylvania on Sunday evening after a man was fatally shot by an officer who authorities say was responding to a domestic disturbance call.
The shooting, which occurred shortly after 4pm in Lancaster, killed 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz, the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office said, whose office will lead an investigation into the incident. 
The officer's body camera footage showed Munoz emerging from the inside of the house and running towards the officer when he arrived at the residence as part of the call.
Munoz could be seen brandishing a knife above his head 'in clear view' and 'in a threatening manner' when the officer fired at him. 

Ricardo Munoz was fatally shot by an officer who authorities say was responding to a domestic disturbance call. He can be seen here holding a knife in his right hand
The officer dealing with the disturbance didn't hesitate to fire at Munoz
The officer dealing with the disturbance didn't hesitate to fire at Munoz
Munoz fell to the ground and died at the scene a short time later
Munoz fell to the ground and died at the scene a short time later

Munoz died at the scene and no one else was struck by gunfire.
'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. 'However, I am asking that all reaction be tempered as the investigation is ongoing.'
WGAL-TV reported the windows of police vehicles were smashed during a protest against the shooting later on Sunday night. 
Protestors gathered outside the Lancaster Police headquarters calling for accountability
Protestors gathered outside the Lancaster Police headquarters calling for accountability
Lancaster Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser held a brief news conference Sunday but shared very few details of the shooting
Lancaster Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser held a brief news conference Sunday but shared very few details of the shooting
Police and protesters are on the scene after Ricardo Munoz was shot by police on Sunday
Police and protesters are on the scene after Ricardo Munoz was shot by police on Sunday
Police were on the scene and attempted to keep order among protesters close by
Police were on the scene and attempted to keep order among protesters close by
The crowds also marched to the city's police station to continue their protests and could be heard chanting 'this is what democracy looks like.'
Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser held a brief news conference on Sunday but shared very few details of the shooting. He said that people could remain near the crime scene, but urged them to stay calm and peaceful. 
A 'final determination on the use of force' will be made by District Attorney Adams.
'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,' the DA's office requested.
Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace also released a statement,'This has been a heartbreaking day for our city. I grieve for the loss of life and know that there are more questions to be answered as the investigation continues.' 

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