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york's rockefeller center. se lost her balance and fell. she was unscathed. she d tonight, breaking news as we count down to the new year. deadly ambush. >> we have one deputy down inside the apartment. all of us have been hit at least once. >> five deputies shot seconds apart. at least one dead. the suspect firing more than 100 rounds. the neighborhood on lockdown. our team on the scene. times square on ice. more than 1 million people bracing for possibly one of the coldest new years on record. the potential danger for the crowds watching the ball drop. plus, extreme cold ring of steel. times square surrounded by unprecedented security. snipers in position. special police dogs on the street. new year's scare. the arsenal seized inside a hotel room. police recovering an assault rifle, shotgun and ammunition.
what authorities have just revealed. also breaking tonight, the deadly plane crash. 12 people on board. ten americans among the dead. the plane going down near a tourist area of costa rica. and, true colors. the restaurant staff coming together, giving a co-worker a whole new look on life. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this new year's eve. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the breaking news, the deadly police ambush outside of denver. five deputies shot responding to a domestic call. at least one killed. the gunman, unloading more than 100 rounds in seconds. a somber scene there. the row of officers saluting as the fallen deputy is carried away. authorities revealing they have confronted the suspect before. clayton sandell leads us off. >> reporter: it began as a noise complaint that quickly became an
ambush. >> shots fired! shots fired! shots fired! >> reporter: early this morning deputies arrived at this apartment complex in highlands ranch, colorado, a denver suburb, for a dispute between a man and his male roommate. at 5:55 a.m., the suspect, armed with a rifle, suddenly opens fire. >> i need s.w.a.t. right now. i need medical. >> reporter: four deputies and one police officer are shot. >> it was like an exchange of gunfire. pop, pop, then pop, pop, pop, pop. and then return fire. >> reporter: some neighbors are also hit. all of the officers manage to retreat outside except for one. 29-year old deputy zackari parrish. >> we have one deputy down inside the apartment. i'm not getting anything from him. all of us have been hit at least once. >> all of them were shot very, very quickly, and they all went down almost within seconds of each other, so it was more of an ambush type of attack on our officers. >> reporter: over the next hour and a half, the suspect fires
more than 100 times. >> we need to get our officer out of there! >> reporter: gunfire even heard over the radio. >> firing several rounds, firing inside again. >> reporter: at around 7:30 a.m., officers enter and confront the suspect in a final shootout. the gunman is killed. the deputy does not survive. he was married, the father of two children. >> we are deeply saddened by the loss of zackari. when i sat with his wife and held her hand, i could see in her eyes her life is over. >> reporter: the other wounded officers are all now in stable condition. >> okay, we just heard it right there. the other officers in stable condition. clayton, what have you learned about the suspect tonight? >> reporter: tom, they have not released the suspect's name, but they say he was known to officers. they have dealt with him in the past, but they say he did not have a criminal record. tom?
>> clayton, thank you. now to major cities on high alert from coast to coast, as the country counts down to the new year. unprecedented security surrounding new york's times square. they call it the ring of steel. more than 1 million people expected. many have already been there for hours. heavily-armed police, snipers, and specially-trained dogs on the scene. the show of force follows the deadly terror attack here on halloween, and the shooting massacre in las vegas. marcus moore is there in times square. >> reporter: with just hours to go keeping america's largest new year's eve party safe the focus tonight of an unprecedented security effort. searches at hotel entrances. vapor wake dogs sniffing for any scent of an explosive. and revelers bundled up and shoulder to shoulder, forced into multiple checkpoints throughout the secure perimeter. >> we're seeing police everywhere. >> reporter: we're hours from the ball drop, and already
there's long lines of people waiting to get into times square, many lines leading right to those checkpoints. trying to reduce the risk of explosives and weapons getting past the 22-block perimeter, authorities banning large bags and backpacks. >> we didn't know you couldn't bring backpacks in. >> reporter: we meet new york city's counter terrorism chief james waters amidst the operation. >> we're well prepared. this is the safest place in the world. >> reporter: fresh on his mind, the subway bombing earlier this month. october's deadly truck attack on a new york jogging path. and that las vegas rampage that killed 58 people, the gunman firing from the 32nd floor of the mandalay bay hotel. police in new york have a plan in place for just that scenario. snipers in the buildings, and officers in the air, their eyes trained on the crowd and the buildings surrounding them. >> and marcus joins us live from inside times square. we see the barricades and crowds just behind you. they've been on lockdown for hours now? >> reporter: tom, that's right. some of the people behind me
have been here since 9:00 a.m. this morning. you can see they're grouped in sections, and there are police officers ground level, keeping a very close eye tonight. tom? >> marcus, thank you. next tonight, the life-threatening cold gripping much of the country. windchill alerts from texas to maine, and the massive crowd in times square bracing for sub-zero temperatures. as 2018 arrives. more than 200 million americans trapped in the deep freeze to start the new year. >> reporter: tonight, americans from texas to maine, bracing for a bone-chilling new year's eve. >> it's very cold. it's crazy. >> feels like it's below zero. >> we have the toe warmers in our feet. >> reporter: among the nearly 1 million people packing into times square for the biggest party in the country, sidney connor and libby warren from georgia. >> i feel like i'm being stabbed in my feet. like, this is the worst pain i've ever felt in my feet. >> reporter: by the time the
ball drops, it will be just 11 degrees, but feel like negative 4. the cold so dangerous, the new york city mayor urging people to stay indoors. people outside, desperately trying to stay warm. how many layers are you wearing? >> about four. >> reporter: are you freezing? >> yes. >> reporter: from boston to st. louse -- st. louis, as far south as ft. worth, the extreme cold cancelling some celebrations. the holiday deep freeze already responsible for at least five deaths. >> you can come in and get a hot meal. come on. >> reporter: in chicago, where it could feel like 15 below tonight, volunteers trying to get everyone inside. >> this is very crucial for us to ensure that anyone that is out in the cold so they won't get hypothermia. or frostbite. >> reporter: icy roads turning treacherous. whiteouts in michigan. lake effect snow piling up. slick conditions in pennsylvania triggering this 15-car accident.
and this tractor trailer split in half. the cab flipping off the overpass. the driver, lucky to be alive. tom, the cold will get worse before it gets better. many of us seeing record lows overnight and into new year's day. tom? >> erielle, thank you. we heard it right there, it's going to get worse before it gets better. let's get right to amy freeze in times square. it's going to feel like sub-zero temperatures for more than 100 million americans at midnight? >> reporter: it is. and east of the rockies, not only record-setting cold, but the bitter wind making it blustery and bone-chilling. new york city, 11 degrees expected, with a windchill factor going below zero. this is not only a case of the east coast, but a majority of the u.s., going very low as the ball drops. and the cold continues. another bitter blast coming our way. new york city will not be above
freezing for the next week. >> and amy, you are in the heart of times square. is there a danger for the crowds that have been waiting for more than nine hours in some cases to watch the ball drop? >> reporter: absolutely. not only is it the cold, but it's the bitter wind that rips the heat away from the body. windchill factor in this kind of condition, you could have frostbite in less than 30 minutes. these people have been standing here for hours on end. exposed skin is vulnerable. as well as hypothermia, it's a major risk. >> amy, thank you. next tonight, the new year's eve scare unfolding in houston. a hotel guest arrested, an arsenal seized, and authorities revealing new details. here's gloria riviera. >> reporter: tonight, police and s.w.a.t. teams in houston on alert after a scare inside a hotel hosting one of the biggest new year's celebrations. >> officer urgent, it's gonna be 1200 louisiana at the hyatt
regency number five. >> reporter: early this morning hotel security noticing 49-year-old russell ziemba in the lobby allegedly drunk, acting belligerent. police called for backup discovering several weapons in his hotel room including an ar-15. >> they arrested the suspect and found the suspect to have several guns inside of his room. >> reporter: the incident coming just hours before the hotel welcomes 2,000 guests to a massive new year's eve party. that party taking place in the lobby, where the atrium outside guest rooms provides a clear view of the crowd below. >> after las vegas, anything that has the hint of a potential mass shooting, particularly in a hotel, is going to be taken seriously. >> reporter: but ziemba, not presumed a threat. in a tweet houston's police chief saying, "based on limited amount of ammunition, interview and other investigative findings, no unlawful intent found." ziemba is facing charges of assault of a police officer and criminal trespassing. some guests at the hotel are asking for a refund for that new
year's eve party and choosing to stay home. tom? >> gloria, thank you. now to the developing story, the deadly plane crash in costa rica. the small plane going down near a tourist area with 12 on board. the plane bursting into flames. authorities say there were no survivors. here's marci gonzalez. >> reporter: tonight in costa rica, 12 people are dead, including 10 americans. five of them, reportedly from the same family. after a small plane crashed soon after take-off. >> it made a really hard left-hand turn and then nose-dived straight into the ground. >> reporter: dawn wolfe and her family vacationing from utah watching in horror. >> everybody's screaming and yelling. >> reporter: her husband rushing towards the flaming wreckage. >> people were yelling, running up the hill with fire extinguishers. >> reporter: costa rican officials say the plane owned by nature air took off from punta
isilita, heading for the capital san jose, when it crashed around 12:15 p.m. local time. from above you can see the scorched woods where it came down. the plane's colorful tail, some of the only recognizable debris. costa rica's former president laura chinchilla tweeting that her cousin, juan manuel retina, was the pilot. the state department telling abc news, "we express our condolences to all those affected by this tragedy." and tonight, investigators are still looking into the cause of the crash. tom? >> marci, thank you. now to president trump tonight, celebrating new year's at mar-a-lago. the president facing major challenges in 2018, from democrats in the midterm elections to new reports about the russia investigation. here's david wright. >> reporter: today the president marked new year's with a tweet, including video highlights. "what a year it's been," he said. "and we're just getting started. together, we are making america great again."
but 2018 brings new challenges for trump. not least, the midterm elections. >> we need a republican in the house. we need a republican in the senate. we need more of them. >> reporter: just today, he tweeted, "why would smart voters want to put democrats in congress in 2018 when their policies will totally kill the great wealth created in the months since the election?" >> we can't afford to have a liberal democrat who is completely controlled by nancy pelosi and chuck schumer. we can't do it. >> reporter: president trump is also hoping to make good on key campaign promises while the gop does control both houses. including building that wall. >> we will 100% build the wall. >> reporter: casting a shadow over it all, there's the russia investigation. this weekend, "the new york times" has new details on what
may have sparked the fbi to launch its investigation into russian meddling. the paper, reporting that campaign foreign policy adviser george papadopoulos told an australian diplomat in britain that russia had dirt on hillary clinton back in may of 2016 during a night of heavy drinking at this london wine bar. papadopoulos recently pled guilty to lying to the fbi and is cooperating with the special counsel. even with all those challenges ahead, the president is approaching the new year with characteristic bluster. as he gets set to ring in the new year at mar-a-lago tonight, he's tweeting out well wishes, to friends, supporters, enemies, and haters. tom? >> david, thank you. now to new year's celebrations around the world. first up, sydney, australia, with a spectacular fireworks display. the mayor estimated it was seen by more than 1 billion people across the globe.
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tonight on abc7 news at 6:00, the bay area is gearing up to ring in 2018. see the preparations under way right now in san francisco. and a new year means new laws and lots of other changes. who will be getting a pay bump in the bay area when the clock strikes midnight? plus a bay area man lives on after death. how he's being honored for giving the gift of life. >> announcer: live where you live, this is abc7 news. well, the countdown certainly is on. the bay area is preparing to ring in 2018 and the crowds are starting to gather to celebrate. good evening, friends. i'm dion lim. eric has the night off. count them down. we are just about six hours away from 2018. one of the biggest shows around is along the waterfront in san francisco where fireworks will cap off the night. that's where we find abc7 new reporter lilian kim for us live.
lilian, have you noticed any extra security yet? >> reporter: we certainly have. a big police presence to go along with the big crowds that will be gathering here tonight. the fireworks will be launched from pier 14 starting at midnight. the fireworks will last 15 minutes. fog or low clouds are not expected to be an issue this year. among the concerns is security, especially in light of the foiled isis-inspired christmas day terror plot that the fbi says was planned for pier 39. new year's eve revelers may find c comfort that every police officer is on duty tonight. >> i heard about the fireworks, and i think it's going to be great. >> are you worried about security and big crowds? >> not at all. actually, i think it's going to be -- it was