Walter Wallace video shows moment Philadelphia cops shoot knife-wielding black man dead as mom tried to protect him

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THIS is the shocking moment cops shot a knife-wielding black man dead as his frantic mom tried to protect him.

Philadelphia police fatally gunned down Walter Wallace, 27, on Monday afternoon which triggered widespread protests in the Pennsylvania city.

Shocking video revealed what happened moments before the shooting

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Shocking video revealed what happened moments before the shooting

Walter Wallace's mom tried to protect him before he died

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Walter Wallace's mom tried to protect him before he died

A Twitter video shows angry bystanders yelling at cops who are surrounded by multiple shell casings.

More footage posted online by a witness showed Wallace walking around parked cars as a woman tries to intervene and two male officers point their guns.

Wallace then comes around a parked car and into the street, which is when the cops back up as he walks towards them.

This is when multiple shots ring out and hit him.

One resident Mark Halloway told the Philadelphia 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,’” Halloway said.

Witnesses captured the incident on camera

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Witnesses captured the incident on camera Credit: instagram/_liljrizzy/

Officers could be seen pointing their weapons at Wallace

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Officers could be seen pointing their weapons at WallaceCredit: instagram/_liljrizzy/

He can be seen on the group in the middle of a group of people

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He can be seen on the group in the middle of a group of peopleCredit: instagram/_liljrizzy/

But Wallace reportedly brushed off his mom and went behind a car before gunfire erupted.

Wallace's dad Walter Wallace Sr said his son was shot 10 times and was suffering from mental illness.

“Why didn’t they use a taser?” the distraught father told the outlet. “His mother was trying to diffuse the situation. Then you’re going to shoot him down like he’s a mother f***ing animal.”

Cops arrived at Locust St shortly before 4 pm and found Wallace holding a knife, a department spokesman told the newspaper.

They reportedly told him to drop the weapon – and that when Wallace refused, they shot him "several times."

The young father was rushed to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Riots broke out hours after the shooting and continued into Tuesday

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Riots broke out hours after the shooting and continued into Tuesday Credit: AP:Associated Press

Riots cops are pictured in Philadelphia armed with shields

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Riots cops are pictured in Philadelphia armed with shields Credit: AP:Associated Press

Later that night, Philly residents marched through the streets to decry his police shooting.

Speaking to the Inquirer, multiple witnesses said Wallace had a knife but he didn't lunge towards the arresting officers, whose names weren't released.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said a probe is underway and Mayor Jim Kenney said he spoke with Wallace’s family.

“My prayers are with the family and friends of Walter Wallace,” Kenney said in a statement.

“I look forward to a speedy and transparent resolution for the sake of Mr. Wallace, his family, the officers, and for Philadelphia.”

John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, told the Inquirer "our police officers are being vilified this evening for doing their job and keeping the community safe."

Cops said they were responding to a call about a man with a knife

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Cops said they were responding to a call about a man with a knifeCredit: instagram/_liljrizzy/

Wallace, 27, a young father with mental health issues was shot dead

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Wallace, 27, a young father with mental health issues was shot dead

"[They were] confronted by a man with a knife," McNesby said.

"We support and defend these officers, as they too are traumatized by being involved in a fatal shooting."

“We ask the public for its patience as investigators work to gather all the facts of this tragic incident in West Philadelphia today.”

Hours later, civil unrest erupted in Philadelphia after the incident on Monday night and went into the following day.

We support and defend these officers.

John McNesby

As well as vandalism and looting along the commercial corridor of 52nd Street, five police vehicles were set on fire and destroyed.

Cops also said multiple businesses were looted across the city.

An officer was hospitalized in stable condition on Tuesday morning with a broken leg after she was hit by a pickup truck, cops said.

Around 29 others suffered minor injuries after rocks, bricks, and other projectiles were hurled at them, per a police preliminary report.

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Ten people were arrested overnight near 55nd and Pine Street, police said.

They are set to be released and may be facing possible charges of assaulting police or rioting.

Elsewhere, cops arrested about 20 others for looting at various stores in West Philadelphia, University City, Overbrook Park, and Center City.

At least 13 police markers can be seen at the scene where Wallace was shot at least 10 times, his dad said

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At least 13 police markers can be seen at the scene where Wallace was shot at least 10 times, his dad saidCredit: AP:Associated Press
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