The blade-wielding Pennsylvania man shot dead by police — triggering destructive protests demanding justice — was previously busted in 2019 for knifing four people in the city, according to his lawyer and officials.
Before Ricardo Munoz, 27, made the fatal decision to rush a cop while waving a knife on Sunday, he was charged with stabbing or slashing two men, a woman and a 16-year-old boy in and near a Lancaster home in March of last year.
“He is the individual who was shot yesterday,” confirmed public defender Elizabeth Low, who represented Munoz in the aggravated assault case.
In that incident, cops responding to a 911 call for a stabbing found Munoz standing on the street, holding a knife to his own throat, according to a law-enforcement press release.
When officers ordered Munoz to drop the blade, he instead tried to vault a handrail outside a nearby home, officials said.
A cop then zapped Munoz with a Taser, and