Walter Wallace shooting: Man reportedly armed with knife shot, killed by police in Philadelphia-protests erupt
Police shot and killed Walter Wallace on a West Philadelphia street Monday afternoon after yelling at him repeatedly to drop his knife. Video of the fatal confrontation recorded by a bystander and posted on social media shows officers pointing their guns at Wallace as he walks in the street and around a car. He walks toward the officers as they back away from him in the street, guns still aimed at him. They yell at him to put his knife down, and then open fire when he does not.
Both officers are on admin duty, pending an investigation. Wallace Jr.’s father claims that his son was on medication for mental health issues.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney wrote in a statement Monday night that the Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Unit of Philadelphia Police Department will conduct a full investigation of the shooting.
“My prayers are with the family and friends of Walter Wallace,” he wrote. “I have watched the video of this tragic incident and it presents difficult questions that must be answered.”
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