Family of Lancaster man killed by cop wanted to ‘help’ him with mental illness

Family of Lancaster man killed by cop wanted to ‘help’ him with mental illness


The sister of the knife-wielding Pennsylvania man shot dead by a cop said they wanted to get her brother “help” for his mental illness.

Ricardo Munoz was a paranoid schizophrenic and had other mental health issues when he was killed Sunday just outside their home in downtown Lancaster, his family told NewsNation Now in a report Tuesday.

“We needed help,” his sister Deborah Peña told the local station. “I didn’t need my brother to be dead. I wanted him to get help — mental help.”

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His mother Miguelina Peña, who was in tears during the interview, said of the police officer who shot her son, “They’re supposed to be there to protect and serve! That’s their logo, protect and serve!” Deborah translated from Spanish.

The family called 911 late Sunday afternoon reporting that Munoz was becoming “aggressive” with his mother and trying to break into her home.

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