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Murder charges likely unwarranted for PA cops -lawyer

Johnson made the comments after viewing the bodycam footage of Monday's incident, in which 27-year-old Walter Wallace Jr. was gunned down by two officers responding to what his relatives say was a call for help with a mental health crisis.

Johnson said the footage shows one of the officers saying "shoot him" before they both fired at Wallace, who was not heeding their orders to drop a knife. He said the footage also showed Wallace dealing with an "obvious mental health crisis."

While saying he did not think the officers should face murder charges, Johnson added that he hoped the investigation into Wallace's death would lead to policing reforms to help prevent similar shootings in the future.

He noted that one of the officers was a "rookie" with less than two years on the force.