The Pennsylvania man with the blade was killed by police – unleashing destructive protests demanding justice – had previously been charged in 2019 for stabbing four people in the city, according to his lawyer and his officials.
Before Ricardo Munoz, 27, made the fatal decision to fall for a cop while wielding a knife on Sunday, he had been accused of stabbing or cutting two men, a woman and a 16-year-old boy in a nearby Lancaster home. to him in March last year.
“It’s the individual who was killed 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 fist found Munoz standing on the street, holding a knife to his own throat, according to a press release information-law.
When officers ordered Munoz to lower the blade, he instead tried to jump a handrail out of a nearby house, officials say.
Then a cop grabbed Munoz with a Taser, and they were able to take him into custody.
When officers entered the house Munoz tried to flee, they found four people with stab or stab wounds: two 26-year-old men, a 22-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy.
Investigators found that the bloodshed began when Munoz was jumped and kicked out of the house, authorities said.
He then took the knife from a sackcloth, pushed it inside and took revenge.
All four victims, who are related to each other, survived.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the initial confrontation.
Munoz has been charged with four counts of criminal assault, and initially detained a $ 1 million bail, according to court records and Low.
He made the move shortly afterwards and, until last month, had been ordered under house arrest at his mother’s home on Laurel Street. – the same building from which he loaded into a cop on Sunday.
An officer was only responding to a domestic incident in the house when Munoz rushed through the front door and rushed toward the lawyer, holding a knife high, afflicted by a video camera of the incident.
The cop opened fire, killing Munoz.
The killing sent dozens of protesters to the streets of Lancaster, some of them vandalizing police cars and throwing bricks as they converged on a local police station.