The shooting happened around 3:50 p.m. when officers responded to an inside call along the 6100 block of Locust Street.
Authorities say police confronted a man, identified as Walter Wallace, who was allegedly armed with a knife. Police said the man was shot several times by two officers after he failed to respond to calls to drop the gun. He was later pronounced dead.
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“Put down the knife, put down the knife,” one officer says in one video.
After the shooting, a group from West Philadelphia smashed windows and vandalized vehicles along 52 and Pine streets.
The group is also believed to be responsible for shattered windows in a number of buildings, including a police station and a Starbucks in University City.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said the filming video raised questions, but assured the community that a full investigation was underway.
“I have ordered the Officer Shooting Investigation Unit to begin its investigation. I recognize that the video of the incident raises many questions. Residents are assured that these matters will be fully addressed by the ‘investigation. At the scene tonight, I heard and felt the anger of the community. Everyone involved will be affected forever. I will rely on what the investigation gleans to answer the many unanswered questions. I also plan to join the mayor in meeting with community members and members of Mr. Wallace’s family to hear their concerns as soon as can be scheduled. “
No officer in the video appears to have been injured. The names of the officers who fired the shots were not immediately released. Both wore body cameras and were removed from public service pending investigation.
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