Mother tries to restrain son, Walter Wallace, from approaching police moments before he was shot on Locust and South 61st streets by Philadelphia Police shortly before 5 p.m. He later died at the hospital.
A sad day for Philadelphia, as the city is on pace for 450 murders, the most in three decades… in the midst of a deadly pandemic. Please be safe, Philly.
Video captured chaos in West Philadelphia as a man, who investigators say was armed with a knife, approached police while his mother tried desperately to stop him moments before the officers opened fire and killed him.
Police said they were called to Locust and South 61st streets shortly before 5 p.m. Monday for a report of a man with a weapon. When they arrived they say they found a man, later identified as Walter Wallace, who was holding a knife.
Police said they repeatedly told Wallace to drop the knife but he wouldn’t listen. They then opened fire, shooting him multiple times before taking him to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
“Officers ordered him several times to drop the weapon,” Philadelphia Police Sergeant Eric Gripp said. “He did not do so.”