Senator speaks out on Lancaster shooting

WASHINGTON, D.C.– U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is speaking out about a weekend shooting in Lancaster.

On Sunday, 27-year-old Ricardo Munoz was shot and killed by Lancaster City police after he ran at the officer with a knife.

According to court records, Munoz was charged with stabbing four people last year. During that arrest, when officers arrived, Munoz was holding a knife and refused to drop it, resulting in officers tasing him.

Toomey defended the officer’s actions in Sunday’s incident.

“A full-grown man, wielding a large carving knife over his head while charging an officer, obviously poses a mortal threat to that officer. In general, police officers in this type of situation are well within their rights to use deadly force to protect themselves and the public,” he said.

Toomey also called out those who are protesting the incident. “The body camera footage released by the Lancaster City Bureau of Police seems to detail this exact scenario. It’s not clear why anyone would protest a police officer defending his own life,” he said. “However, those who wish to protest should do so peacefully. Destroying property and blocking roadways without a permit, as occurred last night in Lancaster, is not peaceful protesting.”