Police in Lancaster, PA, arrested eight people early Monday on charges related to the unrest that erupted after the fatal police shooting of Ricardo Munoz.
Police said officers responded to the scene following a report of a house noise. The county district attorney said the bodycam video showed Munoz, 27, attacking an officer with a knife and being shot several times.
The fatal shooting caused more than 100 protesters to take to the streets outside the police station. Protesters threw various objects at officers and caused damage to the building, a parked vehicle and a nearby post office, according to authorities.
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“We have also received calls all morning from business owners in the city center as they discovered vandalism damage to their businesses,” police said.
Authorities said four of the suspects were from outside Lancaster County and two were armed with guns during the protests, which turned into destructive riots.
Charges against the eight included arson, institutional vandalism, carrying an unlicensed firearm, riots, disorderly conduct, defiant violation and obstruction of highways and other public passages.
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Police said two of the suspects – Jamal S. Newman, 24, of Lancaster and Frank Gaston, 43, of Ephrata – were both listed as homeless and on probation.
Others accused during the riots were Barry Jones, 30, of York, Yoshua D. Montague, 23, of York, Matthew Modderman, 31, of Lancaster, Talia Gessner, 18, of York, Kathryn Patterson, 20, of Mercersburg and Taylor Enterline, 20, from Manheim.
“This office fully supports the right to rally and protest peacefully, but the rebellious behavior shown last night is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Lancaster County District Attorney Heather Adams said Monday.
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Police said the handguns were recovered by officers after the arrests and further charges are likely to be filed.