[Ed. – The video clearly shows the suspect advancing toward police with their service weapons drawn as they order him to drop his own weapon.]
A viral video captured a chaotic scene 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. [Other news outlets fix the time at approximately 3:50 pm.] When they arrived they say they found a man, later identified as 27-year-old 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.”