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Philadelphia Police Shoot and Kill Man With Knife, 27yo Walter Wallace, in West Philadelphia - Video
 
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 10/26/20 11:06 pm | updated: 10/26/20 11:06 pm
 
Philadelphia police officers shot and killed a man with a knife during a confrontation in West Philadelphia on Monday afternoon, 10/26. It happened just before 4 p.m. on the 6100 block of Locust Street. Officers were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance and encountered 27-year-old Walter Wallace armed with a knife. Video shot by a bystander shows Wallace walk around a car with officers pointing guns at him. They tell him several times to put the knife down. Wallace's mother was there and tried to diffuse the situation. He continued to walk toward the two officers as they walked backwards in the street. He was several feet away when they opened fire. Wallace dropped to the ground. He was taken to Penn Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

There are questions about the use of lethal force instead of other deescalation methods. The officers were wearing body cams. They have been placed on administrative duty. Wallace was a father, husband, and a twin. He also suffered from mental heath issues. He was released early from jail this year. He had been sentenced to 11 1/2 to 23 months in January 2020 for robbery.

Protests and demonstrations are popping up in West Philadelphia on Monday night, some have turned violent. There have been confrontations with police. The 18th Police District at 55th and Pine Street has been a focal point. This is an developing story.

UPDATE:Riots and looting have now broken out in West Philadelphia. Police cruisers have been set on fire...

SEE ALSO: Protests Turn Into Riots in West Philadelphia After Walter Wallace Shot and Killed By Police

Statement of Mayor Jim Kenney:
"My prayers are with the family and friends of Walter Wallace. I have watched the video of this tragic incident and it presents difficult questions that must be answered. I spoke tonight with Mr. Wallace's family, and will continue to reach out to hear their concerns first-hand, and to answer their questions to the extent that I am able. The Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Unit of PPD will conduct a full investigation. I look forward to a speedy and transparent resolution for the sake of Mr. Wallace, his family, the officers, and for Philadelphia."

Statement of Commissioner Outlaw:
"I have directed the Officer Involved Shooting Investigation Unit to begin its investigation. I recognize that the video of the incident raises many questions. Residents have my assurance that those questions will be fully addressed by the investigation. While at the scene this evening, I heard and felt the anger of the community. Everyone involved will forever be impacted. I will be leaning on what the investigation gleans to answer the many unanswered questions that exist. I also plan to join the Mayor in meeting with members of the community and members of Mr. Wallace’s family to hear their concerns as soon as it can be scheduled."

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