Officers fatally shot Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man with mental health issues, in front of his mother in West Philadelphia on Monday, touching off racial justice protests that escalated into anti-police violence and vandalism overnight.
Wallace Jr. was shot multiple times in an encounter with two officers, witness video shows. Both officers were responding to a call about a man with a knife, police say. They fired several shots at Wallace from a distance and he died in hospital later that evening.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney vowed in a statement to investigate the “tragic incident,” adding that the witness video “presents difficult questions that must be answered.”