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have a reminder by president biden. >> see you back here at 6:00. tonight, courthouse horror, a inmate suddenly grabs a bailiff's gun and two are dead and two more injured. a new wave of shock and sorrow. how did this happen? and new details about the cold blooded sniper in dallas, what his parents are saying as the police chief makes a national plea. and donald trump >> who will it be? speculation reaches a fever pitch. what we're learning about the narrowing list. wildfires explode, killing firefighters as thousands evacuated, destroying homes and there are fears of hundreds more. a massive attack from the ground and from the air. and a game craze that has people on the move all across the country. for some it's addictive but is it leading them into
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danger? "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. practically on the heels of the tragedy in texas, the deadliest day for law enforcement in almost 15 years, two more lawmen were shot to death this afternoon, this time inside a michigan courthouse. the victims were bailiffs at the st. joseph. in addition a sheriff's deputy was wounded before the gunman was killed. it happened as the country closely reflects on the ambush in dallas and the dangers faced by all those who carry a badge. nbc's ron mott has the breaking details. >> reporter: as officers secure the scene outside the barrien county courthouse, the search was under way inside for the suspected gunman. it was shortly before 2:30 this afternoon on the third floor of the building, a shooting outside of a courtroom, three dead including the shooter.
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nbc news has learned from law enforcement sources that the suspect was due in court for a hearing, grabbed a bailiff's gun and started shooting. a deputy sheriff and seven several others were also reportedly injured and in stable condition at a local hospital. greta brokenstein was outside of the courthouse. governor rick snyder tweeting out a message asking for prayers. >> i lost some friends today, so i am here with a heavy heart. >> reporter: this latest incident brings the number of law enforcement officers fatally shot by suspects while in the line of duty to 15, up from six a year ago. at a late news conference this afternoon, authorities say that the inmate, the gunman, was being transferred from a cell inside the courthouse and was on his way to the
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courtroom when he rustled a gun away from a sheriff's deputy and opened fire tonight. you heard governor snider to ask michigan people to pray for the victims. lester? >> this happens as dallas is on all our minds. there are new details about the ambush that left five police officers dead. we're learning more about the sniper who turned downtown dallas into a war zone on thursday night. and for the first time, his parents are speaking out. we get the latest from nbc's gabe gutierrez. >> reporter: the cop killer in dallas was no novice, the police chief said today, micah johnson knew what he was doing. >> this person obviously had some delusions, this person also was very committed to killing officers. >> reporter: now investigators are combing through 170 hours of body cam footage, 300 witness interviews and johnson's personal arsenal to piece together what drove the 25-year-old to massacre five officers and wound nine others.
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he was killed by a bomb delivered by a robot like this one. >> this wasn't an ethical dilemma for me. i would do it again. >> still a mystery why johnson scrawled the letters r.b. on the wall in his own blood before he died. >> how is it possible no one in his family had known he was stockpiling weapons and ammunition inside his home? >> that's my question. >> reporter: investigators have questioned johnson's mother. in her first interview with "the blaze" says she watched her son transform from a fun-lovi fun-loving man into a hermit. >> his father is grief stricken as he tries to understand what drove his son to violence. >> i didn't see it coming. >> reporter: how would you describe micah? >> he was a good son. >> he was a good son.
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>> i loved my son with all my heart, but i hate what he did. >> reporter: on social media, johnson showed an interest in the black power movement, but police have not confirmed any formal ties to any organization. tonight dallas is still on edge. >> to be quite honest, i'm running on fumes. >> reporter: a candid chief brown calling for changes in the demands on overwhelmed police officers. >> we're asking cops to do too much for this country. >> reporter: and for e.r. doctor brian williams at parkland hospital where seven officers were rushed the loss hits home. >> i think about it every day, that i wasn't able to save those cops when they came here that night. it weighs on my mind constantly. this killing, it has to stop. >> reporter: initially almost 60 students were inside when the campus buildings at el centro college where the gunman ended up in an hours long stand off with police, incredibly, they all
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survived. tomorrow president obama is scheduled to travel here and on wednesday and thursday, there will be funerals for several of the fallen officers. that horrific ambush in dallas came during a protest after the killings of two african-american men by police. tonight protests are erupting all over again across the country after a weekend that saw hundreds of demonstrators across the country. >> reporter: protests across america, spreading to a dozen cities overnight and today, with no sign of letting up. >> you must leave the area now. >> reporter: demonstrating against police brutality, determined not to have their message drowned out by the killing of five peace officers in dallas. one of the movements most visible faces arrested over the weekend in baton rouge. >> we also know that we have to be really focused in making sure police violence ends in our communities and
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that has not changed. no, i don't think dallas in any way takes away from the work of the movement. >> reporter: former new york city mayor rudy giuliani criticized the movement sunday. >> when you say black lives matter, that's inherently racist. black lives matter, white lives matter, asian lives matter, hispanic lives matter. that's anti-american and it's racist. >> when we say black lives matter, why should that be racist suggesting that they matter as well. they matter also, we know white lives matter. >> reporter: in louisville today, an attempt to bridge the racial divide. a rally called white people for racial justice. >> i showed up today because until black lives matter, all lives matter is a lie. >> reporter: in dallas, the police chief has a message for protesters. >> become a part of the solution, serve your communities. don't be a part of the problem. we're hiring. we're hiring. get out of that
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protest line and put an application in. >> reporter: a country on edge and as this image of a mother about to be arrested shows, a struggle to understand one another. nearly 50 people have just been charged after violent clashes with police here in minnesota this weekend. the mother of philando castile, one of the black men killed is calling for peace. she says when demonstrations become violent it disrespects my son and his memory. lester? >> all right. blake, thank you. on the campaign trail today, donald trump waded into the dallas attack, appearing at a rally in the important swing state of virginia with a potential vp pick by his side, new jersey governor chris christie. with the republican convention just a week away, speculation is swirling about who the pick will be and when it will be announced. nbc's katy tur has more. >> i am the law and order candidate. >> reporter: on
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teleprompter and on message in virginia beach today, donald trump addressing the dallas ambush. >> it's time for hostility against our police and against all members of law enforcement to end and end immediately. >> reporter: and tying recent police shootings to the cycle of poverty and violence in inner cities. the convention only a week away and trump is trying to get serious and trying out running mates. latest to audition, trump's attack dog, chris christie. we need once again to have a president who puts the safety and security of our citizens first. >> reporter: christie has trump's ear, but sources close to the candidate are aware of christie's volatile personality and they spent hours going over christie's bridgegate scandal. speculation trump could pick retired general mike flint fizzles when trump told the "washington post" he wanted someone political.
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newt gingrich checks that box and so does indiana governor mike pence, who's up next on the trail with trump tomorrow. seen as a good fund-raiser, steady voice and swing state baked, pence could smooth relations in washington, but it won't fix everything. today jeb bush telling nicole wallace trump's key campaign promises will only lead to republican heart achache. >> there isn't going to be a wall built and mexico's not going to pay for it. and there isn't going to be a ban on muslims. and the divides will grow in our country. >> reporter: the campaign tells me that donald trump has narrowed his choices down to four people and he will announce who his running mate is by the end of this week. lester. >> katy tur in virginia, thank you. like donald trump, hillary clinton has a vp decision to make. earlier today i spoke to joe biden and asked him what he thinks is most important in selecting a vice president. his answer, it's someone the president trusts completely.
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then i asked him if he would stay on for another stint. if hillary clinton were to come to you and say stay on? you're laughing, i take it that's a no. >> well, that is not my preferred route. >> would you consider it? >> i have great respect for hillary, i'm going to work like the devil for her, but i'm not looking to be vice president again and no one has talked to me. >> part of my conversation with vice president biden earlier today. tonight wildfires are tearing across the west, fueled by an epic drought and now soaring heat. thousands have been evacuated in colorado alone, and in that state, they fear a seemingly endless supply of trees will feed the fire. and sadly tonight, we learn that two firefighters have been killed in the battle. our national correspondent miguel almaguer has the latest. >> reporter: in nederland, colorado it's a growing firefighter ripping across a seemingly endless supply of tinder, ready to explode.
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today a fleet of helicopters joining the attack teams on the ground. >> they are risking their lives for us. >> reporter: crews fear that many homes will be lost in these hills, at least five burned to the ground, including this firefighter. >> we still haven't found one of our dogs. my wife lost her wedding ring and her engagement ring. everything's gone. >> reporter: the sheriff's department says the fire was started by these two male campers, who spoke to a reporter just before their arrest. charged with arson, authorities say they failed to put out their campfire, that has now forced thousands to evacuate as the blaze closes in on homes. meantime, in southern california, hundreds were ordered out of their homes, the so-called sage fire hop scotching across the horizon. a disaster narrowly averted.
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it's been deadly for the men and women fighting the fire, a vehicle carrying firefighters overturned killing two. in reno, nevada, a profession for the fallen. and tonight out west, the threat is far from over, in fact crews here say it's just the beginning. miguel al march -- almaguer, nbc news. tonight as the presidential campaign races on, and hillary clinton hopes to become the first woman elected president, britain is set to have its second woman prime minister. her name is theresa may and she'll take charge when david cameron steps aside on monday. the comparisons are already being made to a powerful iron lady who blatzed the trail before her. nbc's kelly has details from london. >> reporter: she's the new iron lady. >> i am honored and humbled to have been chosen by the conservative party. >> reporter: theresa may from head of counter terrorism and immigration, to the
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top job, the shakeup, the result of britain's vote to leave europe. her only opponent consumed by controversy claiming she was more qualified because she's a mom. may is not. >> genuinely, i feel being a mom means you have a very real stake in the future of the country. a tangible stake. >> reporter: the comments sparked fury of headlines and a twitter storm. vile says one politician, and utterly wrong said another. she shocked the country and quit. >> i wish theresa may the greatest success. >> reporter: britain elected their first prime minister nearly 40 years ago. >> i don't think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime. >> reporter: margaret thatcher, famously tough with power suits and pearls and an american partner in ronald reagan. may known for her flashy footwear and perhaps another woman as her american
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counter part but in the uk, one woman is most important of all. on wednesday, may be will kiss the hand of the queen, the british version of swearing in. there's a lot more to tell you about, it's free and it's fun and got millions addicted. the smash hit mobile game that has so many glued to their guns and law enforcement worried it may lead some into danger. do you share your netflix password? you may beco committing a federal crime. really.
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we're back now with something that may explain the odd behavior you have seen on the street, pokemon go has only been out for a few days but it's got millions following their smart phones possibly into harm's way. >> reporter: pokemon fever is back and it's everywhere. >> nostalgia kicks in, i'm a kid and i need to play this game. it's real life. >> he texted me 30 minutes ago saying meet me up in hollywood and play pokemon. >> reporter: it's blanketing hollywood hot spots, attracting hoards of players to venture out to central park in new york city, staring at their phones. pokemon go is a game you play on your smart phone. gps technology places animated monsters inside in the real world around you. then you flick this ball here to catch it to move on to the next
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level. police departments across the country are cautioning against driving or trespassing while playing. in new york, a warning, don't let officer moneillo and his new partner catch you, don't catch them all and drive. pokemon drivers are showing up in hospital emergency rooms across the country. next to police at a protest in oakland. not all encounters are peaceful. outside of st. louis, these three suspects were arrested for allegedly using pokemon go for luring unsuspecting players into a robbery. in wyoming 19-year-old sheila wiggins stumbled on a dead body in a river while playing the game. >> i wanted to get a water pokemon so i went for a little walk to go catch pokemon. >> reporter: the game warns players at the beginning to be alert at all times, but on social media, injuries are posted as badges of honor, bumps, bruises and scrapes, proving that virtual realty is just as
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dangerous as the real world, especially when you got to catch them all. we're back in a moment with a big star's surprise announcement today, the end of a new era begins.
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after 19 seasons in the nba, one of the all-time greats is leaving the game. tim duncan, the unassuming superstar who helped lead the san antonio spurs to five championships is retiring. duncan has spent his whole career with the spur is also a 15-time all-star, a two-time mvp and certainly a shoe in for the hall of fame. as one era comes to a close, another begins. the u.s. women's gymnastic's team is set for the 2016 rio olympics after a dazzling display at the olympic trials last night. the team is led by world champion simone biles, two members of the 2012 london teams are making a return trip to games, gold medalist gabby douglas and aly raisman. if you share pass words for netflix or other devices it may be a federal defensodefense
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ofdefensoffenseofensefense. a man who was sued for letting his friend use his user name and pass word evening for something like netflix, but streaming services have expressed a reluctance to go after anybody for password sharing. when we come back, backing the blue. random acts of kindness for police officers after the horror in dallas. finally tonight, next a necrimeighti
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>> reporter: here in dallas and across the country, acts of kindness keep surfacing, from the pizza and cookies showing up unannounced at police stations, to the flowers showing up on the windows of squad cars, like tickets only nicer. two comfort dogs from chicago are on their way to help police in texas and then there are the hugs. this viral video which runs for ten minutes shows people from all walks of life embracing dallas officers. another viral video chronicles what happened when a black lives matter protest was met with a counter protest. suddenly the duelling groups came together peacefully and they were joined by an officer. back outside the police station -- >> there you go. >> reporter: demarian, though a little shy, has a couple of hugs to hand out too. >> can i have a hug? you remind me of my son. >> reporter: seeds of love planted early. joe friar, nbc news, dallas.
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>> some great moments. that's going to do it for us on a monday night, i'm lester holt. for all of us at nbc news, thank you for watching and good night. right noat 6.a kiain we want her back. her family wants her back. >> right now 6:00, a kidnapping for ransom. police have the suspect, but the woman they say is gone is still missing. thank you for joining us tonight. i'm peggy bunker in for jessica aguirre. >> and i'm raj mathai. a text message and a dead dog. $1500 in ransom but where is the woman?
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jodi hernandez is live for us. jodi, a bit of a strange case. what do we know? >> reporter: very bizarre. the four suspects are being charged with kidnapping for ransom. they are charges that could land them with life sentences if they're found guilty. but while investigators are in the process of holding them accountable, the kidnapping victim is nowhere to be found. >> we believe that they have the answer. >> reporter: two of four people investigators believe hold a key to a kidnapped woman's whereabouts held in court where they were formally charged with kidnapping for ransom. 46-year-old emanuel espinosa and 23-year-old larry young, along with two others, kidnapped alaya basketball of vallejo two weeks ago, demanding $60,000 from her

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