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tonight a shocking fatal mistake, an elderly woman shot to death by a police officer while playing an intruder during an academy drill. why did the gun contain a live round? tonight a graver stricken family and an investigation into a horrific accident. trump defiant, strongly denying he was trying to incite violence while saying second amendment people could act against hillary clinton. and hillary clinton's e-mail controversy. and late tonight, high drama at trump tower. police emerge as a man suddenly scales the building. >> police, the american gold rush continues in rio. michael phelps makes history in dramatic fashion and america's golden girl from
franklin aims for a big come back. "nightly news" begins right now.back. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt, reporting tonight from the olympic summer games in rio. >> good evening from the olympic park in baja. americans with a chance to increase their medal count in just a moment. let's begin with what police in florida unimaginable accident, the fatal shooting of a civilian volunteer as she took part in a police academy training drill, the 74-year-old woman seen moments before she was killed when real bullets were somehow fired in what was supposed to be a demonstration. how does something like that happen? keri sanders tonight from punta gorda with late details. >> reporter: 73-year-old mary knowlton a retired librarian, married 55 years with her
attended a community event on tuesday, gary witnessed in disbelief as this punta gorda police officer dressed as a criminal during a role playing exercise shot gary's wife, first in the shoulder and then a second fatal shot to her chest. mary's son, steve, describes what her father saw. >> it was surreal. at first we thought she just fell down and the turned her over and that's when they saw the bullet holes. >> reporter: by all accounts, it was tragic accident. the revolver was not supposed to have live ammunition. they had gathered at a public complex for a citizen's safety class much like this one. >> get your hands up. >> reporter: demonstrating a shoot don't shoot scenario, mary was cast as a cop witnesses say chaos ensued
aimed a loaded firearm at her and fired. >> i know chen when she hit the ground i looked over at the police chief and saw the anxiety and panic and horror in his face and that's when i knew this was serious. >> reporter: tonight, the officer, lee cole, a two-year veteran is on paid leave. earlier this year, controversy surrounded officer cole after a man sued the city, the police department claiming cole and his k-9 seen in this video went too far after a traffic arrest. >> reporter: her son said he attended partly to show support by the police, like officer cole. >> we forgive you. i know that my mom forgives you and nobody means for this to happen. nobody. >> reporter: tonight, everyone who witnessed the shooting is being offered grief counseling including the officer who fired the fatal shot. a state investigation is now underway to
wound up in that pistol. lester. >> hard to imagine how it happened. keri sanders tonight in florida, thank you. let's turn now to rio, a little wet weather, not dampening the mood after another golden performance for team usa. before adding to the medal count today, it was an historic night in the pool, the biggest stars, michael phelps and katie ledecky both solidifying their spot in olympic history. michael phelps the most decorated olympian of all time and they're both back in the pool tonight. nbc's miguel almaguer has the latest for us. >> reporter: today on the road, the gold rush continues for team usa. >> that's a gold medal for kristin armstrong. >> kristin armstrong, the time trial her third consecutive win. >> the third one by far was the hardest journey. >> reporter: on the beach the games went on in the rain but in the water, conditions too windy and postponed for the day.
rio's water in the boy, -- bay, it was the pool that looked like a swamp after chinese divers dove for gold in water that was green today the chemical balance blamed for a murky pool and olympic organizers say it's safe. ranked number one, serena williams was bounced out by number 20, the queen of the court out in a stunner. the so-called final five, twisting, turning, vaulting to gold. >> it's so amazing, especially to share it with al these girls, they are like my old er sisters, like i won a gold medal with my olympic family. >> looks like she will win another gold and she does. >> reporter: for katie ledecky, back to the top. gold in the 200 and gold in the 400 and now the 800 meter free.
rival, chad le clos in london. >> there was so much emotion and build up to that race after four years. i don't want to say it was revenge but that's kind of what it was. >> reporter: the night cap was a victory lap for phelps and his team. gold in the relay, the 21st of his career. a moment in history, one his son won't remember but one this father will never forget. tonight, michael will be swimming in a semi final event and a busy aquatic center and meanwhile security was stepped up, media hit with rocks and they're urging people to be cautious as they leave this beautiful venues. >> miguel almaguer, thanks so much. after five days of competition, we want to take a quick look at the leaderboard,
day leading with gold medals, 10, total medals with 28. china, 20 total medals so far and japan winning 17 medals overall. to presidential politics now, donald trump was out on t campaign trail today as was hillary clinton the day after trump sparked an uproar with comments quote second amendment people could act against hillary clinton. trump is now defending those comments and clinton herself is weighing in for the controversy. we have it all covered with nbc's katy tur, katy, good evening. >> hey there, lester. donald trump is on defense. the report out today, the secret service spoke to him about those comment, both trump and u.s. officials denying that, but those words are not going away. 89 days before the election and donald trump isn't making life easy for himself, forced to clarify his own words again,
against hillary clinton. >> if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks, although the second amendment people, maybe there is, i don't know. >> reporter: tonight, he was saying he was talking about votes, not violence. >> you look at power they have in terms of votes. that's what i was referring to, obviously that's what i was referring to. everybody knows it. >> reporter: the campaign took to the air waveto they thought he meant they would have gone wild. >> reporter: trump said he doesn't insight violence. >> knock the crap out of him. >> try not to hurt him. if you do, i'll defend you in court. >> the audience hit back and that's what we need a little more of. >> reporter: the audience growing weary and the poll showing college educated whites are moving overwhelmingly to clinton in ohio,
clinton argued today trump's words matter. >> yesterday, we witnessed the latest in a long line of casual comments from donald trump that crossed the line. >> reporter: tonight, the gop is in a bind. stick by a flailing candidate or cut him off by redirecting funding to senate seats. >> cutting loose your presidential nominee can cause a lot of more damage as a free agent untethered from the rnc. katy tur, nbc, >> i'm kristen welker in iowa where hillary clinton is trying to cut into donald trump's turf working class voters. >> friends don't let friends vote for trump. >> reporter: a conservative advocacy group raising fresh questions about the relationship between the clinton foundation and secretary clinton's state department, one dated 2009, a clinton foundation executive
advisors, huma abedin and cheryl mills requesting they setup a meeting between a millionaire donor and ambassador to lebanon. this is very important they said. and critics have pounds on the foundation whether that bought access to the state department. >> it's called "pay for play." >> reporter: last year, bill clinton defending the foundation to cynthia mcfadden. >> we have never done anything knowingly inappropriate in terms of taking money to influence any government policy. >> reporter: tonight the clinton campaign telling nbc news, these new e-mails don't relat to the foundation's work and say the donor never met with the ambassador. the campaign also on defense tonight about why the father of the orlando nightclub shooter was seated behind clinton at an orlando rally. >> he is a very radical islamic extremist, what's drawing him to hillary clinton? >> reporter: the campaign says clinton
lot of clinton advisors know these are the kind of controversies that can put the spotlight back on hillary clinton and away from donald trump. >> reporter: the clinton campaign is trying to keep the spotlight on donald trump today announcing a new initiative aimed at recording republican and independent voters, secretary clinton writing an op-ed in red utah and in it she cites former mitt romney former republican nominee. lester. >> kristen welke iowa tonight, thank you. there is a jaw-dropping spectacle catching the nation's attention this evening, a man scaling the trump tower in new york with suction cups, many watching it player out on television. police on the scene trying to coral him inside. rehema ellis there live for us. rehema, what can you tell us? >> reporter: lester, i can tell you moments ago, that man was corralled inside a window of trump tower by members of the emergency service unit.
the members of the emergency service unit called the navy seal of the nypd, this man's name unknown motives unclear, got about one-third of the way of trump's 60-stories was captured by authorities this afternoon and memorizing people from the city of new york for hours also snarling traffic in the area. authorities tried to bring him inside the building when he was around the 16th floor but he evaded auie from one side of the building to another. they broke out windows of the building and saw he tried to get through to duck authorities but again, he was able to be commandeered and brought into the building just moments ago, lester. >> glad it ended safely. thank you. high anxiety in new york. a scathing new report out tonight from the justice department
the trust of the community and they say it's because of a history of racial discrimination and how the law is enforced. the city is now responding and our justice correspondent, pete williams has details. >> launched in the aftermath of community outrage over freddie gray's death in police custody, the civil rights investigation found that officers in the baltimore police department routinely stop, search and arrest african-american residents for no good reason. >> these violations have deeply eroded the trust between bpd and the community it as well as to officer and public safety. >> reporter: over the past five years police have stopped over 300,000 pedestrians in african-american neighborhoods on little or no suspicion of law breaking often frisking them, and even strip-searching some in public. one man in his 50s was
a ticket. this man says he tried hard to avoid interacting with police. >> despite that i had a couple dozen instances with law enforcement i'm pretty sure were predicated on the fact i'm a young black man. >> reporter: the report says police too often resort to excessive force even when there's no danger to officers or other. the mayor, who asked for the civil rights investigation says it will help lead to reforms. >> i believe transparency is the only true foundation upon which we can rebuild community trust. >> reporter: city officials say it could cost up to $10 million a year to change the way police are trained, equipped and supervised but say they are willing to make the changing this blistering report calls for. pete williams, nbc news, baltimore. still ahead, she was an olympic darling four years ago, can missy franklin pull
we're back from rio, where missy franklin, one of the biggest stars of the london games has struggled here. some disappointing results, helped team usa clinch a spot in the 200 relay. and we caught back up with her since we last saw missy on the olympic podium. >> it's going to be a world record for missy franklin. >> reporter: in london, it seemed like missy franklin never got out of the water. >> her first individual, yes! >> reporter: competing in a record seven events, winning gold
are you sure? am i just dreaming about it? that pride and honor, it's with me every single day. >> reporter: this day, dick and deanne franklin get choked up thinking about it. >> your child's face is on the jumbotron and the flag is going up on the rafters, you can't imagine how much that pulls at you. >> i saw the tears starting to roll down her cheeks. that's when we lost it. >> reporter: the last four years began with college, studying at uc berkeley, swimming and sometimes dancing with her team. missy turned pro and was back in colorado two years later, trying to recreate the same magic formula that prepared her for london. >> coming back to my coach, my family, having all these things kind of reminded me what i was able to do before and helped me believe in myself i could do it again. >> reporter: it hasn't
at olympic trials. >> franklin will finish second and punch a ticket to rio. >> reporter: she's had a rough start in rio as well. >> missy franklin in trouble, second from the bottom, has to close some ground here. >> reporter: after not qualifying for the 300 freestyle she tweeted so heartbroken by my results last night, doing everything i can to keep my head up and keep fighting with all i have. first hand in colorado. is it hard for you to come to lunch and have people -- mmm -- >> thanks for that. you know what? this cucumber, all right? >> reporter: don't let that lighthearted laugh fool you. this fierce competitor even as a kid, wouldn't settle for second, is not giving up yet. stephanie gosk, nbc
there is sad news tonight from the world of sports and broadcasting, the loss of long-time espn broadcaster john saunders who hosted sports reporters for the last 15 years, a cause of death was not announced. saunders was just 61 years old. espn's president called his accomplishments among seen. in happier news, a sweet surprise unveiled by the girl scouts that will leave you wanting s'more, the brand-new flavor in their brand new irresistible line of cookies coming to a doorstep near you next door, next year, i should say. next, 21 gold medals and counting, how we watched michael phelps grow through the years.
a look at his remarkable journey. >> reporter: in a sport that's unforgiving, michael phelps has become unforgettable. >> michael phelps resume gets even more incredible in this night on rio. >> reporter: far from that 15-year-old who first stepped on the blocks in sidney and in athens only dreamed of dominance. phelps at 31 just became the oldest swimmer to win an individual olympic gold, one of 25 medals around his neck, 21 gold. collection more than a decade and remarkably keeping pace with his younger self-. his butterfly last night only about a second behind his time eight years ago. one of phelps teammates sharing the podium with him last night was only 3 when the icon made his olympic debut. >> it's incredible.
>> reporter: with a legacy built on speed, phelps now relies on power and endurance focusing on shorteder races and acknowledging his recovery time is longer than it was. >> it will take time for him to do that. >> reporter: for a young boy with ahdd, from london and rio, americans watched phelps stumble in the spotlight. >> you have four years to build up and you're at this peek and you kind of roll down the hill. dizzying heights giving way to depression and unflattering headlines. every time, phelps came back stronger, as memorable as his victories at rio, the heartfelt celebrations
12 news live in rio. to set their site on olympics in the future in multiple sports. >> hillary clinton pushing to turn arizona red to blue. >> courses in the street. >> where you can go for the best fried chicken. thanks for joining us. it is day five of olympic action. >> vanessa ruiz here with a look ahead you what she has been
from rio de janeiro. turns out collecting hands is another olympic sport here? details coming up in a few minutes. >> looking for to that. are big story, hillary clinton making a big push in arizona. it appears to be paying off. >> clinton neck and neck with donald trump, that has some people wondering if she is turning are normally red state blue. >> brahm reznik hillary clinton was not expected to spend any money in arizona. presidential politics, our state a graveyard for democrats. but donald trump change that. latino murder -- latino voters could hold the key to turning arizona blue since statehood 104 years ago through 26 presidential elections just four democrats have won arizona. will hillary clinton be the