Knife-Wielding Lancaster Man Fatally Shot By Police, Protests Erupt

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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 during a domestic disturbance call hours earlier, police said.

The office earlier released body cam footage from the incident, which showed Munoz running toward a police officer with a knife above his head in a threatening manner, something that was then followed by the policeman firing at the 27-year-old. Munoz died at the scene and no one else was struck by gunfire, the release said.

"The officer fired several shots from his firearm, striking the subject", the police department said in a statement.

Black Lives Matter rioters raged in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Sunday night, throwing bricks at police station windows and hurling glass bottles, rocks, and bricks at officers following a police-involved fatal shooting of a man who chased an officer with a knife in hand.

"We must fund housing, social services, and education equitably and adequately in this city", she said.

According to Lancaster Online, at least four people have been arrested in connection with the protests so far and the officer who shot Munoz has been placed on leave.

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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'.

The District Attorney's Office is now in the process of conducting a criminal investigation to see whether the force used by the officer was justified, Lancaster police chief Jarrad Berkihiser said in an interview with Lancaster Online.

Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams also issued a statement, saying: "A police-involved shooting has significant impact on a community, as we are seeing with the large number of individuals gathering in the streets".

"We ask that acts of protest remain peaceful as violence and destruction of property will become headlines and serve no objective for the safety and wellbeing of our citizens and neighborhoods", Adams stated.

Most protests have been peaceful, though some have been violent.

During the protests, bricks were thrown through the front of the police station and into the post office window, the police department said in a statement, adding that chemical agents were used to disperse the crowd.

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