Posted on October 27, 2020

30 Philadelphia Police Officers Injured as Tensions Erupt in West Philly

Katherine Scott, 6 ABC, October 27, 2020

More than 30 people have been detained and at least 30 police officers have been injured as tensions erupted in West Philadelphia after police shot and killed a man armed with a knife.

Police said in total 30 officers have been injured in events related to the unrest in the city following the shooting of Walter Wallace.

Authorities said officers confronted Wallace, who was reportedly armed with a knife Monday afternoon. Police said Wallace was shot multiple times by two officers after he didn’t adhere to calls to drop the weapon. {snip}

Officials said most of the injuries to officers that occurred overnight are reported to be the result of being struck by projectiles, such as bricks and rocks.

One officer, however, a 56-year-old Philadelphia Police Sergeant, was struck by a pickup truck in the area of 52nd and Walnut streets around 12:45 a.m. Tuesday. Officials said she sustained a broken leg and various other injuries. She has been admitted to the hospital in stable condition.


Looting was captured on on video Tuesday morning. Chopper 6 was overhead as people could be seen running from a Foot Locker store.

The shooting of Wallace happened around 3:50 p.m. Monday when officers responded to a domestic call along the 6100 block of Locust Street.


Wallace was allegedly brandishing a knife and officers repeating “Put the knife down, put the knife down,” can be heard in video recorded at the scene.


Hours after the shooting, a group broke windows and vandalized vehicles along 52nd and Pine streets in West Philadelphia .

The group is also believed to be responsible for broken windows at a number of buildings in University City, including a police station and a Starbucks.