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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, police shooting of knife-wielding man ruled a homicide

September 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The fatal police shooting of a knife-wielding man in Pennsylvania over the weekend has been ruled a homicide, the Lancaster County Coroner said Tuesday.

(CNN)The fatal police shooting of a knife-wielding man in Pennsylvania over the weekend has been ruled a homicide, the Lancaster County Coroner said Tuesday.

The Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, which is investigating the shooting, said officers responded on Sunday to a "reported domestic disturbance involving a person with a knife. "

Lancaster Police said in a news release that a 911 caller had reported that her brother was becoming aggressive with his mother and attempting to break into her house.

The footage shows Munoz wielding a knife above his head, "in clear view, in a threatening manner," the district attorney's office said in a release.

The police department also said it was looking into whether officers followed all training guidelines and policies properly, according to their news release.

"This has been a heartbreaking day for our city," Lancaster Mayor Danene Sorace said in a statement on Sunday.

Demonstrators in Lancaster took to the streets following the shooting, which comes amid months of widespread protests across the nation over police brutality and systemic racism.

Lancaster police said they arrested eight individuals early Monday after demonstrators caused damage to the police station, a parked vehicle, and a US Post Office building.

Lancaster police said that more than 100 protesters had gathered on an access ramp outside the police station.

Police also said they used a "public address system to provide several warnings that if the group did not move from the ramp that chemical munitions would be deployed. " The department said the group failed to follow instructions and that officers used chemical agents and pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

"Any loss of life, regardless of how it happens, is devastating," Lancaster city Police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser said during a news conference on Sunday.

Before the crowd dispersal and property damage on Monday, a peaceful crowd had formed at the scene of the shooting on Sunday, Berkihiser said.

The district attorney's office asked in a tweet on Sunday that protests remain peaceful "as violence and destruction of property will become headlines and serve no purpose for the safety and wellbeing of our citizens and neighborhoods. "

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