Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams announced Wednesday that the Lancaster police officer who fatally shot Ricardo Muñoz on Sept. 13 will not be charged.
“Based on my review of the facts and the applicable law, there is no question – no question – that the officer was justified in the use of deadly force on Ricardo Muñoz on Sept. 13,” Adams said, according to Lancaster Online.
The unidentified officer “had no time or opportunity to do anything but run for his life and only resorted to lethal force when he confirmed an imminent threat to his life remained,” Adams continued, per the report. “The officer’s belief that lethal force was necessary to defend himself was reasonable and therefore, the use of force was justified under the law.”
The District Attorney’s office showed the officer’s body camera footage as part of evidence, noting “a mere four seconds” passed from the time Muñoz appeared in the doorway of his mother’s home to when the officer began shooting. Within the four seconds, Muñoz came out of the house with a knife.
The officer responded to a 911 call in which a woman said her brother was