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Philadelphia cop hit by truck amid protests over police shooting

At least one police officer was run over by a truck in Philadelphia as protesters stormed the streets Monday night in response to a fatal police shooting earlier in the day.

The officer who was struck can be seen in footage on social media as a black truck swerves into a group of officers lined across the street to protect against oncoming demonstrators, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The condition of the officer was not immediately clear.

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.

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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