Walter Wallace Wiki – Walter Wallace Biography
Walter Wallace Jr. was named as the Black man who was shot and killed by two Philadelphia police officers, sparking scenes of unrest throughout the city.
The shooting death was captured on video, and police say Wallace was armed with a knife and advanced toward the officers. You can see him move toward the uniformed officers in the video. It’s not yet clear exactly how far away he was from the officers when they opened fire.
He was 26 years old.
Walter Wallace Shot and Killed
Police officers fatally shot a Black man armed with a knife during a confrontation Monday afternoon in West Philadelphia, an incident that quickly raised tensions in the neighborhood and sparked a standoff that lasted deep into the night.
Late Monday into early Tuesday, police struggled to respond to vandalism and looting along the commercial corridor of 52nd Street, an area that was the scene of clashes between police and protestors earlier this summer. At least one police vehicle was set on fire Monday night and destroyed, and several police officers were injured by bricks or other objects hurled from the crowd.
According to the Inquirer’s reporter Ellie Rushing, Wallace “was a twin, father, and son who was shot 10 times by police.” The latter information is from his father.
Rushing quoted his father, Walter Wallace Sr., as saying, “Why didn’t they use a taser? His mother was trying to diffuse the situation.”
He told Rushing that his son was on medication for mental health issues.
“He has mental issues. Why you have to gun him down?” he said to Rushing.
Wallace Was Armed With a Knife
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Wallace was “armed with a knife.” The newspaper named Wallace after learning his name from family members; police have not officially released it. According to the newspaper, he “appeared further than arm’s length away” when the officer fired. CBS Philadelphia reported that he was “raising his arm as he approaches police.”
Police gave some details out at the scene.
The graphic citizen cell phone video shows two police officers with guns drawn in a residential neighborhood when Wallace walks in their direction from between parked cars, and they shoot him down. His mother is present and grows emotional as other people gather around the body.
“You had to give him that many f*cking shots,” a man says in the video. “They just killed him.”
The police spokesman told the Inquirer that Wallace “advanced towards the policemen after they ordered him to drop the knife.”
Scanner traffic said an officer was down as riots escalated in the city, possibly struck with an SUV. His or her condition was not yet known.
According to the Inquirer, a riot erupted in the wake of the shooting death that included bricks being tossed at and injuring officers, stores looted, and a squad car torched.
with a group of dozens still in west Philly, about a block from precinct. Police with shields pushed back crowds as ppl threw bottles pic.twitter.com/wRMEBUGNri
— Anna Orso (@anna_orso) October 27, 2020
University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Public Safety wrote in statements on its website: “Update 9:56 pm: All clear on the west side of the patrol zone. Police and security officers will continue to patrol the area. Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 44th Street. Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street at 41st Street.
Update: Last seen heading westbound on Walnut Street towards 40th Street. The update: Last seen heading southbound on 39th at Walnut Street. Civil unrest in the area of 4000 block of Sansom Street. There are approximately 50 protestors last seen heading eastbound on Chestnut from 39th Street. Police responding, use caution, avoid the area.”