The Violent Past Of Walter Wallace Jr., Fatally Shot By Police While Wielding A Knife [VIDEO]

Walter Wallace Jr, 27 was fatally shot by Philadelphia police officers on Monday.  He was an aspiring rapper who sometimes rhymed about shooting people, including police officers, and was awaiting trial for allegedly threatening to shoot a woman.

WPVI-TV reports that Wallace also rapped about social justice and police injustice on his social media.  He was already a dad to eight kids, and his new wife is expecting his latest child as soon as this week.

Authorities said Wallace was armed with a knife and ignored commands to drop it when he was shot Monday afternoon. The two officers fired at least seven rounds apiece.  Neither officer had a Taser.

Court records reveal that Wallace had a very long criminal history.

The New York Post reports,

Wallace had also been in and out of court for nearly a decade, with convictions for crimes including resisting arrest and robbery.

He had been arrested in March after he allegedly threatened his child’s mother over the phone, saying, “I’ll shoot you and that house up,” NBC said.

In 2019, he was charged with resisting arrest by “kicking the windows and door panels of a police patrol car.”

In 2016, during a robbery, he allegedly grabbed a woman by the neck and held what she believed to be a gun to her head, NBC said, citing court records. He was sentenced to 11 to 23 months behind bars, WPVI said.

His mother had a protective order against him in 2013 which he allegedly violated when he “threw water in her face and punched her in the face” and “threatened to return and shoot” her, the reports said, again citing court records.

That same year, he pleaded guilty to assault and resisting arrest after punching a police officer in the face, WPVI said. That same year, a judge also ordered a psychiatric evaluation along with mental health treatment, the reports said.

The following are mugshots from Wallace’s many arrests.


Walter Wallace Jr – Mugshots from Infowars

A relative previously told Fox News that Wallace had struggled with mental health issues and was bipolar. He was previously ordered by a judge to undergo psychiatric evaluation treatment, the news station reported.

Officers had been to Wallace’s home twice before on the day he was killed for domestic disturbances, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.  The family told the newspaper the third call was for an ambulance to help him deal with his mental health crisis, not for police, Wallace family attorney Shaka Johnson told reporters.

“They were advised that he had mental health issues,” Anthony Fitzhugh, Wallace’s cousin, told the Inquirer. “I understand he had a knife, and their job is to protect and serve,” Fitzhugh said. “By all means do so, but do not let lethal force be the means by which you de-escalate the situation. You could have still kept your gun drawn while another officer tased him.”

Wallace’s family members, including his father, who witnessed the shooting, are “never going to be the same again,” Fitzhugh said. “They actually sat and watched their son literally get murdered,” he told NBC.

Police had been called to his home dozens of times in recent months, including twice Monday before they returned a third time when he was shot, sources told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

His mother had a protective order against him in 2013 which he allegedly violated when he “threw water in her face and punched her in the face” and “threatened to return and shoot” her, the reports said, again citing court records.

That same year, he pleaded guilty to assault and resisting arrest after punching a police officer in the face, WPVI said. That same year, a judge also ordered a psychiatric evaluation along with mental health treatment, the reports said.

Wallace’s death prompted violent protests Monday night in which dozens were arrested and 30 police officers were injured. The Pennsylvania National Guard was mobilized Tuesday in anticipation of a second night of unrest.

Philadelphia’s police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, said the investigation into his police shooting would look into whether any of the officers had previous run-ins with Wallace.

H/T Fox News, New York Post