The sister of the knife-wielding Pennsylvania man shot dead by a cop said they wanted to get her brother “help” for his mental illness.
Ricardo Munoz was a paranoid schizophrenic and had other mental health issues when he was killed Sunday just outside their home in downtown Lancaster, his family told NewsNation Now in a report Tuesday.
“We needed help,” his sister Deborah Peña told the local station. “I didn’t need my brother to be dead. I wanted him to get help — mental help.”
His mother Miguelina Peña, who was in tears during the interview, said of the police officer who shot her son, “They’re supposed to be there to protect and serve! That’s their logo, protect and serve!” Deborah translated from Spanish.
The family called 911 late Sunday afternoon reporting that Munoz was becoming “aggressive” with his mother and trying to break into her home.
Body-cam video shows the 27-year-old man bursting through the front door, charging at the officer who was first on scene with a knife in hand.
The retreating officer then fired several shots, killing Munoz.
The officer, who has not been identified by police, has been placed on administrative leave.
Munoz’s other sister on Monday said her brother was diagnosed with and treated for bipolar disorder, on top of schizophrenia. But he hadn’t been taking his medications.
She insisted that she only called a local crisis intervention group and a non-emergency police number.
“I called to find out what the procedure was to get him some help,” she told Lancaster Online.
Munoz’s death kicked off a night of violent protests in the city Sunday, with hundreds of protesters demanding “justice” while vandalizing police cars and lobbing bricks through the windows of the police department and post office.
Michigan man fatally shot after argument in line at haunted house
A Michigan man was fatally shot and his attacker is on the loose after the pair is believed to have had an argument while standing in the line to get into a Detroit haunted house, police said.
The victim, a 29-year-old Detroit man, was with his girlfriend waiting to enter Erebus Haunted House on South Perry Street shortly after 12:30 a.m. Sunday when “a male subject in line ahead of them would not move,” the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release later that day.
“The victim and the suspect exchanged words as the suspect thought the victim had cut in line ahead of him,” police added.
The victim then told his girlfriend he was going to his car in a nearby parking lot. It’s not clear when the other man also left the line and made his way to the lot, but police said witnesses later heard bullets being fired.
The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was shot in the neck, chest and side, police said. He was found lying on the concrete and was rushed to an area hospital, but could not be saved.
Police provided photographs of the suspected shooter, whom they described as a thin black man approximately 6 feet tall, wearing jeans and an orange hoodie. They also shared pictures of a blue sedan that was seen fleeing the scene after the shooting.
Investigators are offering a reward of an unspecified amount for any information that leads them to the killer.
Ex-Bloomberg construction exec pleads guilty to tax evasion
A former construction executive at Bloomberg LLC pleaded guilty Tuesday to evading taxes on more than a million dollars of cash and gifts he received in a years-long bribery scheme, prosecutors said.
Anthony Guzzone accepted the bribes from subcontractors while working as director of global construction at Bloomberg from 2010 to 2017, prosecutors in Manhattan federal court said.
The subcontractors gave Guzzone cash, did work for him at his New Jersey mansion and gave him Super Bowl ticket packages in exchange for securing maintenance and construction contracts for Bloomberg projects, prosecutors said.
“Bribery and tax evasion each impose hidden, unfair costs on the law-abiding public. The sort of criminality admitted to by Anthony Guzzone imposes that burden widely, on customers, on employers, and on taxpayers. Guzzone now awaits sentencing for his crime,” Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement.
Guzzone worked with several associates in the scheme, including Michael Campana, a subordinate construction manager at the company, who was sentenced to two years in prison in July for dodging taxes on $420,000 he siphoned off.
Campana used the cash in part for personal expenses related to his 2017 wedding, including a $40,000 sum paid by contractors for a catering hall in New Jersey, prosecutors said.
Guzzone, Campana and two other defendants bilked subcontractors out of a total of more than $5 million in the scheme, authorities said.
News anchor broke beer bottle on man’s head during argument
A South Carolina TV news anchor smashed a beer bottle over a man’s head during a heated spat over politics, police said.
Kamie Jo Roesler, a 28-year-old morning news anchor for WIS-TV in Columbia, got into an argument with the 32-year-old victim while sitting outside Sunday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Argus Leader reported.
“We had a few people that were there and two of them began arguing,” police spokesman Sam Clemens told reporters Monday. “They know each other; they’re not in any type of relationship. The victim said that it was some type of political argument.”
Roesler allegedly grabbed a beer bottle and swung it at the man, cracking him in the head.
The victim, from Colton, South Dakota, refused medical attention at the scene for a cut to his face, saying he would see his own doctor for his injuries.
But it “looked like he was probably” going to need stitches after the assault, Clemens said.
Roesler was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault.
The victim didn’t provide any other details about the argument, Clemens said.
Roesler, who joined the South Carolina station more than a year ago, is originally from North Dakota. She previously worked for KSFY-TV in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, WIS-TV reported.
Brad Hyatt, the station’s news director, declined to comment when reached Tuesday by The Post.
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