WALTER Wallace Jr, who was 27, was tragically shot dead by cops in Philadelphia on October 26.
Wallace was wielding a knife and ignored orders to drop his weapon, according to police.
What happened to Walter Wallace Jr?
Family members say Wallace was suffering a mental health crisis when he was killed by police on the streets of Philadelphia.
He was filmed holding a knife chasing after two officers when he was gunned down in front of horrified onlookers.
One cop can be heard saying: "Put the knife down, put the knife down."
Wallace was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Two officers each fired at least seven rounds – at least 14 total shots – but Chief Police Inspector Frank Vanore could not say how many times Wallace was struck.
Wallace's dad Walter Wallace Sr said his son was shot 10 times.
“Why didn’t they use a Taser?” the distraught father told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“His mother was trying to diffuse the situation. Then you’re going to shoot him down like he’s a mother f***ing animal.”
A local resident told the Inquirer that Wallace’s mom had chased after him, begging officers not to shoot her son.
“I’m yelling, ‘put down the gun, put down the gun,’ and everyone is saying, ‘don’t shoot him, he’s gonna put it down, we know him,’” Mark Halloway told the newspaper.
Did Wallace have a criminal record?
Wallace in 2013 pled guilty to assault and resisting arrest after hitting a police officer, according to TV station 6ABC.
Four years later he pled guilty to robbery, assault, and possessing an instrument of crime after kicking down the door of a woman and putting a gun to her head, the station reported.
It was also reported that Wallace rapped about shooting police officers and other people.
"There are several questions that need to be answered… including what the officers knew when they responded, what was put out by radio and how any previous contact with Mr. Wallace factored into yesterday," said Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, according to the station.
Was Walter Wallace Jr married?
Walter Wallace Jr
Wallace is survived by wife Dominique Wallace and nine children.
Wallace and Dominique were wed earlier this month, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Dominique Wallace is pregnant and was scheduled to have labor induced on October 28.
Two of the nine children spoke at a news conference on the day after the fatal shooting.
One said: “And Black lives still matter," according to The Inquirer.
Wallace was an Uber Eats driver and a rapper, according to the newspaper.
Relatives of Wallace said they had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis, not for police intervention, according to their lawyer.
“When you come to a scene where somebody is in a mental crisis, and the only tool you have to deal with it is a gun … where are the proper tools for the job?” said family lawyer Shaka Johnson.
Family members said Wallace was bipolar and he was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and treatment as far back as seven years ago, according to 6ABC.
"I do know that he was on a regimen of lithium and that says to me he was under a doctor's care, and that says to me officers who are trained – invisible ink – properly should notice certain things when they arrive at the scene," Johnson told the station.
When did riots break out in Philadelphia?
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Malcolm X Park in the city center chanting "Black Lives Matter" at around 6:30pm on the day of the shooting.
Police confirmed that more than 30 people were arrested in the unrest as looters tossed bricks and rocks at police officers.
Several stores and at least one restaurant in the city were looted.
Shocking video footage shows demonstrators throwing garbage cans at a line of officers, and looting a police vehicle.
Another police vehicle was set on fire, and cops said several were damaged in the night of unrest.
Police also confirmed that at least 30 officers were injured, including a female officer who was hit by a truck and sustained a broken leg.
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