Protests erupt in Philadelphia after police fatally shoot armed black man

Protesters in Philadelphia stormed the streets Monday night — confronting police and setting fires — after city cops fatally shot an armed black man earlier in the day.

The unruly demonstrations erupted over the death of Water Wallace, who was shot by police after refusing to drop a knife at about 4 p.m., the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, citing authorities.

Footage posted to Twitter by Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Samantha Melamed shows protesters surrounding dumpster and police car fires.

The newspaper reported that some protesters also chucked objects, including bricks, at cops in riot gear during a tense standoff at the police district headquarters.

Looting was also reported at several stores in the city.

Video of the fatal encounter from earlier Monday shows Wallace walking towards officers who have their guns drawn at him.

Witnesses told the Inquirer that Wallace was carrying a knife but did not lunge at the officers.

Two officers opened fire on Wallace. His father, Walter Wallace Sr. said his son was shot 10 times.

The officers’ names were not immediately released. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said an investigation is underway.

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