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11:00. >> the news continues now with nbc's nightly news with lester holt. we'll see you back here at 11:00. developing news tonight. emergency at the white house. the secret service opens fire. a man with a gun, the mansion on lockdown and the vice president inside the complex. terrifying final moments of the doomed egyptair jetliner. alert messages from the plane, then a cascade of ctical warnings, maybe happening all too fast. was it a carefully placed bomb. what mrs. cosby said behind closed doors. her sworn deposition unsealed. the questions she refused to answer about her husband. major changes coming to the way millions of americans count calories. cut the fat, salt and sugar. what you'll notice coming soon to just about everything we eat. "nightly news" begins right now.
>> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. good evening. there was high drama outside the white house late this afternoon when a confrontation between secret service and arnold man ended in gunfire. the secret service said an officer opened fire on the man wounding him after he approached a security checkpoint and pulled out a firearm. this all happening in play view of sightseers along the perimeter of the white house grounds and sent heavily armed secret service teams fanning out as the white house was placed on a security lockdown. jim miklaszewski was there and has late details for us. >> reporter: on what had been a serene sunny afternoon, the white house grounds suddenly looked like a war zone. shouts and shots fired rang out. secret service officers scrambled to their post. one with a sniper rifle atop the white
house. a lone man brandishing a handgun walking to the southwest corner of the white house grounds. >> he had a gun out. just in plain sight. he looked at me. then kept walking. >> reporter: the armed suspect was approaching a guard post when he was spotted by secret service officers. larry samples said the officer shouted at the man to stop. >> drop your gun. he walked toward the officers. just kept on walking in. >> reporter: as the armed man drew closer, a secret service agent fired a single shot, striking the suspect in the chest. >> after they approached about the third in, they shot him. >> reporter: the suspect was rushed to george washington hospital. his condition unknown. police soon discovered his vehicle parked several blocks away, and searched it for any clues, or a motive. federal officials identified the suspect
as jesse olivera of ashland, pennsylvania. d.c. police will conduct the investigation, but government sources tell nbc news, it appears this was an attempted suicide by cop. that the suspect said he wanted to die. as for president obama, he was never in any danger. he was out of golfing. vice president joe biden was here at the compound, lester. >> jim miklaszewski, thank you. there is breaking news tonight about the doomed egyptair jetliner, critical information about what happened in the final moments. there is evidence of a catastrophic series of events near the cockpit. automated computer messages transmitted in flight from the plane to the maintenance base suggests systems were failing. smoke was filling the front end of the airplane, all in a span of three minutes. but the pilots never radioed a may day call. search crews found human remains, luggage and seats in the water. now search ships will try to locate the black boxes. nbc's tom costello has
all the details. >> reporter: the question tonight, was there a fire or explosion onboard flight 804 before it went down. nbc news has confirmed as authentic an automated computer message from flight 804 to the maintenance base. three simultaneous events at 26 minutes after midnight gmt. two sensors from the cockpit's right rear window go off. at the same time, a smoke sensor in the forward lav. one minute later, smoke in the avionics compartment that controls the plane. another window sensor. 29 minutes after midnight, problems indicated with the pilot controls and computers critical to controlling the plane. minutes later the plane went off radar falling from the sky. john cox was the pilot. >> we don't know exactly what it is. but it's a clear indication something was terribly wrong on flight 8ing 04. >> reporter: perhaps a sudden fire or electrical failure or even an ekxplosion near
the galley. they're looking at anyone with access to the plane while it was sitting on the ground, including ramp workers, baggage handlers and fuel truck workers. >> if it's an insider and he put a device, if it was somebody who had knowledge and put it in an area that could be close to a fuel line, or in some other area that they knew it would be catastrophic, that's very troubling. >> reporter: if it was a bomb, it would be the third attempt in seven months. in february, a bomb in a laptop blew over somalia. a russian jetliner blown out of the sky over egypt. isis released a photo it claimed showed the bomb packed in a soda can. dozens of employees with alleged ties to islamic extremism have had to turn over their security badges since last november's deadly attacks. this plane was on the ground at four different airports in 24 hours before the crash.
in cairo, and in paris. investigators will have to review all of the people who had access to the plane at all of those airports. leblter? >> tom, raise a lot of issues. let's bring in former ntsb investigator. could this have been an electrical short or someone smoking in a forward lavatory who accidently set off a fire, or do you see something suspicious in the sequence of tirming of all of this? >> there's definitely something suspicious, lester. electrical fires don't burn that fast. of course, if somebody would have put a cigarette in a trash can with paper towels, it definitely wouldn't have burned that fast. the flight crew is trained to handle those type of fires. they probably would have made a radio call. this is something that's more catastrophic, more extreme. when you look at the timing of the last transmission and the start of those acars messages tom talked about, it's only two minutes, maybe two minutes, if not less. >> that leads us to want to talk about the idea that an explosive
device was placed in a very critical area of the airplane, where as tom pointed out catering equipment is stored. is that stuff ever screened before it gets on a plane? >> typically not. it's basically a trust factor with the company who's providing the catering. they don't screen the food. they don't check and make sure that every can has liquid in it. they don't open them up and things like that. if there was a device in a catering cart in the forward galley, that forward galley butts up against the bulkhead wall to the cockpit. all the circuit breaks are on the other side of that wall. >> it's all very disturbing and unsettling. greg, thank you. trying to shore up support from skeptical conservatives, donald trump addressed the nra today declaring his strong support for gun rights and shifting some of his past positions on guns in the process. nbc's katy tur was there and hars details for us from louisville.
>> reporter: donald trump hammering hillary clinton while picking up the nra's endorsement tonight. >> she wants to abolish the second amendment. she wants to take your guns away. >> reporter: clinton has not called for overturning the second amendment, although she does favor more gun restrictions. trump making clear where he stands. >> 13 million right to carry permit holders in the united states. i happen to be one of them. in the past -- nobody knows that. boy, would i surprise somebody if they hit trump. >> reporter: trying to convince wary gun owners 2016 is far removed from trump 2000 who wrote in his book the america we deserve, i generally oppose gun trol but support the ban on assault weapons, and support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun. the gop convention fast approaching, trump hopes to charm the doubters. and so far, it's working. a new poll showing 8 in 10 gop voters now believe party leaders
should embrace trump. but some gun owners have a long memory. and here at the nra, hearts are hard won. >> he does have a record of flexibility. on this one t is a core issue. i'm hoping he will stick to it. >> reporter: in contrast, trump's call to abolish gun-free zones, some of his own profits, including mara lago, don't include guns. we reached out to the campaign to find out if they're changing that in the future. so far we have not heard back. >> katy tur, thank you. the cdc today revealed a big jump in the number of possible cases of monitoring the zika virus in pregnant women. the number doubled to 279 in the u.s. and u.s. territories. it's because the government is changing the way it keeps track of infections, that it now includes women who haven't shown symptoms yet. prosecutors in georgia today released dramatic body cam video showing sheriff's deputies trying to subdue an erratic man and
repeatingly tasing him until his death. the district attorney's office has launched an investigation. we should mention some viewers may find this video disturbing. nbc's gabe gutierrez has the story. >> what's your problem, buddy? that's a good way to get shot. >> reporter: the confrontation, deputies trying to restrain an unarmed man south of atlanta. he was resisting the deputies and was handcuffed. >> stop fighting! >> okay, i quit. i quit. >> reporter: records show deputies discharged their tasers 15 times in less than 7 minutes. 32-year-old case sherman died at the scene. >> he always had a smile on his face. i'm going to miss that smile. and his phone calls. >> reporter: he and his family were flying home to florida after attending his brother's wedding. during the layover in
atlanta, he started hallucinating and said he used synthetic marijuana. they decided to drive the rest of the way but his erratic behavior continued so his mother called 911. but they think deputies used excessive force. >> he was having a mental problem. you can look at him, his eyes. he has no idea p where he was at. >> reporter: the local district attorney is now reviewing the case. the deputies are still on duty. the sheriff said the video speaks for itself and there's nothing to hide. in the incident report, the deputies say sherman reached for their tasers and despite repeated warnings, yelled and pushed against them several times. tonight sherman's family is planning a lawsuit. gabe gutierrez, nbc news, noonan, georgia. with her husband facing a defamation lawsuit filed by seven women who claim bill cosby sexually
assaulted them, we're learning for of the first time what camille cosby said in a deposition under oath, including the questions she refused to answer. nbc news senior legal correspondent cynthia mcfadden has details. >> reporter: it was the legal version of stand by your man. over several hours of questioning, camille cosby refused to answer questions in a deposition taken in february, unsealed by a federal court today. the deposition comes as part of a defamation lawsuit brought against her husband of 52 years, bill cosby. by seven women who allege that he sexually assaulted them, and then called them liars. can we agree that throughout your marriage, mr. cosby acted with a lack of integrity? objection. you do not have to answer that question. mrs. cosby responded, and i won't. would you agree that throughout your marriage, mr. cosby deceived you? objection. same objection to the privilege of marital communications. do not answer. in order to limit her
testimony mrs. cosby who has a ph.d. said her sources of information were very limited indeed. do you read the newspapers? no. do you get information off the internet? not very much. do you watch tv? very seldom. where do you get your information? i discuss it with my husband, with my public relations person. does that mean all of the information that you have regarding the sexual allegations against your husband came from conversations, either conversations with your husband or conversations with counsel? correct. that is my answer. the deposition got heated several times with mrs. cosby at one point saying, i'm done. but in fact, she wasn't. mrs. cosby was questioned again last month in the case. that transcript yet to be released. cynthia mcfadden, nbc news, new york. tonight oklahoma's governor, mary falon, vetoed a bill. a move that would effectively outlawed
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