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beautiful live picture. we appreciate your time, we will see you again at 6:00. >> bye-bye. tonight, the breaking news. the manhunt right now in ferguson. s.w.a.t. teams storming this home, breaking in through the roof. after a gunman ambushes two police officers -- >> got an officer down. officer down. >> hours after the police chief resigns. new information tonight in the secret service scandal. where the party started, and the drive to the white house. crashing into that barrier. the never before seen images. the carjacking victim in boston who escaped the alleged bombers, pointing through the window at them, pleading for help. the urgent warning tonight. the historic irs scam. the fake agents. plus, the $1 billion left on the table. americans owed money. are you on the list? and the furor over the flag. the navy vet who photographed the newborn wrapped in the flag. what do you think? darling or disrespectful?
good evening. and we begin this thursday night with the all-out manhunt for the gunman who opened fire on police officers overnight in ferguson, missouri. two officers suddenly ambushed in the middle of what was a peaceful protest. it came just hours after the ferguson police chief announced he is resigning. demonstrators had gathered. and then the chaos broke out and here's what they heard. [ gunfire ] gunshots and screams. protesters and police running for cover. images of one of the officers down. police barricading themselves behind cars. seeking cover behind a brick wall. and tonight, a manhunt still under way, as we've watched the s.w.a.t. teams sweep through neighborhoods and across rooftops all day. president obama tonight saying violence against police is unacceptable, after authorities say the officers were shot just because they were police officers. abc's alex perez is in ferguson tonight.
>> reporter: tonight, in ferguson, a manhunt. a s.w.a.t. team descends on this home, tearing apart the roof, looking for the suspect who shot two police officers. investigators taking away this car and questioning three people. this, after chaos overnight. the night began with the resignation with ferguson police chief tom jackson. by 8:00, demonstrators gathering outside the ferguson police station, demanding not just a new chief, but a whole new police department. and at midnight just as the protests were winding down gunfire. [ gunfire ] >> oh, my god. >> the police got hit! >> got an officer down. officer down. shots fired at their station. >> reporter: officers scrambling for cover and rushing to help two officers who were shot. one in the face, the other in the shoulder. their helmets nearby, covered in blood. police calling it an ambush. >> these police officers were standing there and they were
shot. just because they were police officers. >> it was panic. you could see that the police didn't know what was going on. we didn't know what was going on. everyone was confused last night. >> it was just shots going everywhere, you know, you can hear the little phew, phew, that's all we was hearing. >> and alex is with us now from ferguson. and how are the officers doing tonight? >> reporter: well, david, their injuries were not life threatening. both of those officers have been released from the hospital and are at home recovering tonight. there's a $13,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest in this case. authorities here tonight bracing for possibly another night of protests. david? >> alex perez leading us off tonight. alex, thank you. now, to new information coming in this evening in the secret service scandal. two top agents, under investigation, and one of them, an elite member of the president's security detail. the second-ranking agent for the president. and tonight, allegations they
were driving drunk and then drove through police tape at the white house, where an investigation had already been under way for something else. abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas retracing their route tonight. >> reporter: the two secret service agents were heading back to the white house after reportedly drinking at a retirement party for a colleague. sources say one agent, a senior supervisor, and the other, mark connelly, is the second-ranking agent on the presidential detail. connelly has been a constant presence at the president's side in recent years. the agents were believed to have been coming from a washington night spot, when at about 11:30 p.m., they drove their unmarked car through a crime scene tape, hitting a barrier, just inside the southeast entrance to the white house. the crime tape was there because an hour earlier, someone had tossed a suspicious package onto the grounds and the agents were investigating. >> it was obvious that, to the guards that were there, that they may have been a bit impaired. >> reporter: it all happened right here at this gate. the uniformed officers allegedly wanted to give the agents a sobriety test and possibly make
an arrest. but a supervisor allegedly told them let the agents go. >> let them go home and sleep it off. >> reporter: the incident is the latest in a string of major lapses. soliciting prostitutes in cartagena, colombia. agents drunk on a presidential detail in amsterdam. and perhaps most damning, this man jumping the fence and making his way deep inside the white house. we recently pressed new secret service director joseph clancy about the scandals. what do you think was the root of those issues? >> it was a lack of discipline. >> reporter: we also asked about his plan to reform the agency. can you look the american people in the eye and say, you can fix what has been going on? >> absolutely. >> and beepierre is with us live from washington. pierre, i understand you have learned that the new secret service director wasn't told about this until some time afterward? >> reporter: david, the director wasn't told for a full five days. the president is said to be disappointed in these allegations. so clancy probably has one shot to get this right. >> all right, pierre thomas at the white house tonight. pierre, thank you.
now, to boston this evening, and to a piece of video shown at the boston bombing trial today that we had never seen before. it was perhaps the very moment that changed the course of events for those two brothers. this man, seen running for his life, darting across the gas station parking lot. police say he'd been carjacked by the tsarnaev brothers, jumping out of the car and then seeking help inside this store right here begging the clerk to call 911. abc's tom llamas in the federal courtroom where the witness testified it was the most frightening decision he'd ever made. >> reporter: this new surveillance video shows the beginning of the end for the tsarnaev brothers. prosecutors sail that's dzhokhar tsarnaev, exiting a mercedes suv they had just carjacked. he enters a convenience store, cruising the aisles. but as he stocks up on junk food, outside, a figure sprints from the mercedes, it's dun meng, the car's owner, running for his life. then tamerlan tsarnaev jumps from the car, racing to alert his brother. meng, terrified, runs into a gas
station. in a panic, looking to see if he's being followed he frantically gestures out the window then drops to his knees, clasping his hands, becking the clerk to call 911, and then he hides. when the clerk hands him the phone, meng tells 911 the marathon bombers just carjacked him. >> they did the explosion, the marathon explosion. >> reporter: today in court, meng described how he was carjacked at gunpoint. how dzhokhar tsarnaev used his atm card to take out cash and how his decision to escape was the toughest decision of his life. meng testified that as they were driving, tamerlan tsarnaev told him -- "do you know the boston marathon explosion? do you know who did it? i did it. and i just killed a policeman in cambridge." david, when the tsarnaev brothers realized that meng had escaped, they fled in his car. but what they didn't know that car was equipped with a tracking system. and soon police would be hot on their trail. david? >> tom llamas reporting in from boston again tonight. tom, thank you.
and now, to florida, where this evening, the search for that black hawk helicopter has been suspended. divers have located the wreckage in pieces on the sea floor. they believe the aircraft hit the water at high speed with seven marines and four soldiers on board. pieces of the aircraft washing up on shore. the recovery effort hampered by dense fog. an investigation is under way into whether fog played a role in the crash. a second black hawk had returned right before. tonight, brand new fallout at the university of oklahoma. fraternity members singing that racist chant. two students expelled. and now, an investigation under way into whether that chant was used at two other schools. meanwhile, a powerful image from the university of oklahoma football team tonight. and abc's ryan owens is there. >> reporter: standing arm and arm in silence, members of the university of oklahoma football team take up nearly their entire field. a field they were supposed to be practicing on today. but for quarterback trevor knight and his teammates, protesting this racist chant by fraternity brothers from their
own campus seemed far more important than another offseason drill. >> this is an instance in which we feel like we have the opportunity to step up and promote that change. >> it turned our stomachs and our hearts dropped, i believe, so, it really hurt all of us. >> reporter: the coach with the most wins in oklahoma history knew the right call to make this time. >> this kind of stance is, you know, more important than practice. they want to affect change around the country, not just here. >> reporter: also tonight, more evidence this racist chant may not be limited to ou. a national spokesman for sigma alpha epsilon tells abc news the organization is investigating whether the same chant was used at fraternities at the university of texas at austin and louisiana tech university. back here in oklahoma, the university president now says he's not just considering punishing the freshmen on that tape, but their older fraternity brothers, especially those in leadership. david? >> ryan owens tonight. ryan, thank you. and now, to new fallout
after our abc news investigation last night here. it involves the fight against isis. known for those awful videos, lining up their victims on the beach. now, the new concern. are some of the iraqi forces trained and paid for by u.s. taxpayers using techniques that are just as brutal? well, the state department tonight responding to our report, and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross back on the story tonight. >> reporter: the state department called these scenes today serious and disturbing, brutal images of what appear to be iraqi forces and militias carrying out, celebrating torture and beheadings. in this torture scene, two u.s. weapons against the wall. this video shows two civilians pleading for their lives, about to be shot dead. a man with an american-supplied weapon walks by, a gunman with what appears to be the insignia of iraqi special forces caught on tape. >> their behavior must be above reproach or they risk being painted with the same brush as isil fighters. >> reporter: the pentagon says
it has already cut off money to some iraqi army units because of gross human rights violations. but senator patrick leahy says the abc news report shows that the u.s. should cut off money to more iraqi units. >> when you look at some of the videos and look at the uniforms being worn, do we really want to say the united states condones that? >> reporter: u.s. officials tonight tell abc news that america's top military leader, general martin dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs, has repeatedly warned iraqi leaders about the conduct of the iraqi military and the militias that fight with them, especially because the u.s. is sending $1.5 billion in weapons to the iraqi army and almost 3,000 american troops to help train them, david. >> brian ross with us again tonight. brian, thank you. now, to another controversy in washington that has now spread well beyond. iran's supreme leader, ayatollah khomeni, blasting the 47 republican senators who signed a letter, warning that any deal struck with iran over nuclear weapons with president obama could be reversed by the next
u.s. president. khomeni calling it a sign of, quote, the collapse of political ethics in washington. and word tonight an american health care worker who had been volunteering in an ebola unit in sierra leone has tested positive for the disease and will be admitted to the national indianapolis institutes of health in maryland tomorrow. that's the same facility that cared for nurse nina pham. the world health organization tonight reporting that more than 10,000 people have died from ebola in guinea, liberia and in sierra leone. we do move on now, and tonight, 25 million americans bracing for a blast of rain. flood watches across 14 states tonight from texas to pennsylvania. a super soaker making for a dangerous commute home. tonight, along the gulf coast, shreveport, louisiana, here, streets under water. pickup trucks plowing right through. so let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano who is telling us this system is on the move tonight. >> reporter: it is, david. it has some juice to it. the satellite picture shows you, originating from the southern gulf of mexico.
pouring into the u.s. that's where we have the flood watches out. new orleans all the way up to cincinnati. two to four inches of rainfall along the ohio and mississippi rivers and extending into the northeast. so, some spotty flooding there. out west where they desperately need the rain, just a heat wave. up to 30 degrees above average across southern california near 90 in los angeles. 80s across parts of northern california. and the pattern continues for the next two weeks, above average across the west, cooler than average across the east. something we've seen all year, david. >> all right, a tale of two countries again tonight. rob, thank you. and those milder temperatures the melting snow and ice and now the rain, kraeflting a new problem for drivers. an epidemic of potholes across this country. tonight, where one pothole was so large, it was deadly. so, our team has rigged a camera to take us on the pothole patrol again this year. and abc's david kerley with just how much this is costing some american families. >> reporter: they survived the brutal winter, but commuters are waking up to nightmare roads pocked with hot potholes. >> a lot of potholes all across the region. >> reporter: in nashville, a motorcyclist hit a pothole, thrown from his bike and killed
this week. many roadsides littered with broken down cars. >> monster pothole. i knew immediately that i had a flat tire. >> reporter: and we're not just talking flat tires. >> it's literally split into two pieces. >> reporter: oh, my gosh. this car's suspension broken. its bumper ripped apart, too. >> the estimate was right around $3,200. >> reporter: three grand for one pothole. aaa expects damage this year will be more than the average of nearly $6.5 billion a year. and potholes are popping up all over the country. here's why. during the cold, wet winter, water seeps under the roadway. as the road warms, heavy trucks and cars break apart the asphalt, leaving behind those potholes. so, the race is on to fill the holes. in new jersey, this truck alone filling 130 a day. the suggestion is that you check your tires, make sure they're at the recommended pressure, because when these potholes are filled, it's just temporary. it only lasts a couple of days
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>> reporter: tonight, a surge of tax scams. congress holding hearings on how to spot and stop fraud. >> the fraudsters have clearly upped their game and we must do the same. >> reporter: that includes what's being called the largest impersonation tax scam ever, callers pretending to be irs agents. >> i am officer nicki johnson from internal revenue service. and do return the call before we take any action against you. >> reporter: telling unsuspecting victims they owe back taxes. targeting more than 360,000 people in every state. stealing a total of $15.5 million. 32-year-old salt lake city mom of three melissa dagan lost almost $16,000. money she was saving to buy a home. >> i'm just sick to my stomach, embarrassed, you know, just -- a loss of all this money. >> reporter: even those who
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>> absolutely not. >> reporter: it's all part of an hbo funny or die comedy special, but with a serious cause. raising money to fight cancer. >> u-g-l-y. you ain't got no alibi. you ugly! >> reporter: the sometimes cheerleader, race car driver, and of course anchorman. >> i'm ron burgundy. >> reporter: went down swinging at least once. >> struck him out. >> reporter: but for the cause and the fans -- >> yeah, it's pretty exciting. >> really awesome. >> reporter: it was a total home run. clayton sandell, abc news, denver. >> our thanks to clayton tonight. and thank you for watching on a thursday evening. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here tomorrow. tonight a startling account of the gun battle that killed an oakland mother and arrest of a suspect for the murder. >> police shooting of a salinas gardener. the u.s. justice department steps in to help heal the wounds. >> the house a sexually violent
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>> now, police say they're still looking for other suspects tonight and live with the rest of the story is janice oh. janice? >> yes. police work on continuing to develop more leads, the community is grieving the loss of pierce a mother of three, they not only want justice but the bigger problem is getting illegal guns off the streets. chestnut street may have seen the share of crime in the past but neighbors say the latest was on another level. . >> i heard a lot of gunshots, real loud. witnesses described hearing the shots. the 30-year-old was killed trying to protect her two kids she just picked up her 9-year-old and 7-year-old this makeshift memorial was