The Lancaster, Penn. police officer who shot and killed a knife-wielding mentally ill man — triggering angry protests — won’t be criminally charged, the city’s top prosecutor said Wednesday in finding that his use of lethal force was justified.
The officer opened fire on Ricardo Munoz, 27, while responding to a domestic disturbance call on Sept. 13. The shooting was caught on the cop’s body camera.
Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams said the deadly encounter lasted all of four seconds, leaving no time for de-escalation tactics.
“Munoz responded to the officer’s mere presence on the scene by charging at the officer with a knife,” Adams said at a press conference, adding that the two never exchanged words. “Munoz immediately and without warning charged and chased the officer and the officer ran for his life.”
Adams said she met with Munoz’s family ahead of the press conference to deliver the news.
“We are disappointed with the investigation and the