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from all of us here, we appreciate your time. tonight, several developing stories as we come on the air. the deadly police shooting. the bride-to-be shot and killed by police. she had called 911 for help. their body cameras were not on. tonight, the family outraged and what police are now saying. gone in an instant. nine members of a single family swept away. children as young as 2. president trump hoping to turn the page, but then tweeting about don junior's meeting with the russian lawyer himself. the health scare involving john mccain. what doctors have discovered and what this means for the senate's health care bill. two teenagers who disappeared on a hiking trail. what did one of their phones capture? and tonight, the sketch. they need your help. and o.j. simpson about to get his parole hearing. what we learned tonight and what are his chances of going free?
good evening, and it's great to have you with us here on a monday night, and we begin with the deadly police shooting. the bride-to-be, the wedding a month away. she was shot and killed by police after she had just called 911 for help. it happened in minneapolis. justine damond had called reporting a possible assault in the alley behind her home. two officers responding when she reportedly approached the car. the officer in the passenger side of the patrol car opened fire. and tonight, we have learned their body cameras were not on. abc's linsey davis is in minneapolis leading us off. >> reporter: tonight a minnesota man demanding to know why his fiancee was shot and killed by police after her call to 911 for help. >> the death of justine is a loss to everyone who knew her. she touched so many people with her loving and generous heart. >> reporter: justine damond was originally from australia, a yoga and meditation teacher seen here recently talking about her spiritual journey.
>> i'm originally from sydney, australia. we have a beautiful tradition there. >> reporter: she was getting married next month. but late saturday night she called police to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home. it was dark. damond exited out of her house into this alley and walked toward the street to meet the officers who were in their squad car responding to her 911 call. the "minneapolis star tribune" reports damond, in pajamas, approached the driver's side. according to the tribune, the officer in the passenger seat then opened fire through the drivers side door. >> shots fired. can we get ems code 3 washburn and 51st street. we have got one down. >> reporter: damond's future stepson is outraged. >> my mom is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons i don't know. >> reporter: both officers are on administrative leave. the police chief is calling for a transparent and independent investigation, saying, i understand why so many people have so many questions at this point. >> i am heartsick and deeply disturbed.
i have a lot of questions about why the body cameras weren't on. >> reporter: the city rolled out bodycams last year after calls for transparency following the fatal shooting of philando castile in nearby st. anthony. that officer was acquitted in the shooting that was captured only on dashcam. but in this case, no bodycams were rolling and the dashcam didn't capture the incident. tonight, a father and son leaning on each other. >> we have lost the dearest of people, and we are desperate for information. >> and linsey davis joins us live from minneapolis tonight, and linsey, many questioning why those body cameras were not activated. >> reporter: certainly that is a big question. why weren't those body cameras on? it's very clear in the minneapolis police department policy that those cameras should be turned on prior to any search, any use of force and any contact with a citizen, david. >> linsey davis leading us off tonight. thank you. next tonight, president trump. he had major plans today to turn the page from the russia investigation to made in america.
but then he tweeted about russia himself about his son, don junior, and that russian meeting. it comes amid our new poll showing president trump's approval rating at a record low, 36%. that's the lowest since right after world war ii. what did the president tweet, and why did the white house give an answer leading to more questions? here's abc's chief white house correspondent, jonathan karl. >> reporter: at the white house, it's made in america week, featuring products made in all 50 states, including this fire truck made in wisconsin. >> where's the fire? put it out fast! >> reporter: but even as the president's aides try to shift the focus to american manufacturing, the president himself turned the subject right back to russia, tweeting about his son's meeting with a kremlin-connected russian lawyer during the campaign. most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one don junior attended in order to get info on an opponent. the president tweeted this
morning, that's politics. the new abc news/ "washington post" poll shows two-thirds of americans say they disapprove of the president's use of twitter. but his tweets drive the news, and at today's white house press briefing where cameras were not allowed, the white house story changed once again. >> there was nothing as far as we know that would lead anyone to believe that there was anything except for discussion about adoption and the magnitsky act, but i would refer you back to counsel on that one. >> reporter: that flies in the face of the e-mails don junior released himself a week ago, showing the meeting was set up, quote, to provide the trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate hillary. the four pages of e-mails setting up the meeting don't even mention the word adoption. and the president himself said it was about opposition research. >> i do think this, i think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting. it's called opposition research, or even research into your
opponent. >> reporter: on "this week," the president's lawyer offered a new defense of the meeting -- >> well, i wonder why the secret service, if this was nefarious, why the secret service allowed these people in. the president had secret service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me. >> reporter: the secret service shot back in a statement sunday. donald trump jr. was not under secret service protection in june 2016. thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time. >> so let's get live to jon karl at the white house tonight, and jon, we saw the president's push at the top of your report for made in america today. president trump was often asked as a candidate, why his products are made overseas. his daughter, ivanka, facing those same questions. it came up again at the white house today, didn't it? >> reporter: absolutely. sean spicer getting a lot of questions on this, and he conceded there are some products the trump organization simply cannot buy made in america, and point of the president's initiative, he said, is to promote more american manufacturing, but david, what he did not say is if
there would be any new commitment from the trump companies to buy more american-made goods. >> jon karl leading us off for washington coverage. the other major headline from washington meanwhile, that health scare for senator john mccain. what doctors have discovered and forcing senate republicans to hold off on the health care bill because they need his vote. abc's mary bruce on the hill tonight. >> reporter: tonight, the republican quest to overhaul obamacare is held up because of a health scare. senator john mccain is recovering at home in arizona after doctors opened his skull to remove a blood clot. >> we hope john mccain gets better very soon because we miss him. he is a crusty voice in washington. plus we need his vote. >> reporter: but before leaving washington, mccain himself was on the fence about the health care bill. >> right now we have no consensus. >> reporter: the votes now on hold until mccain returns. [ chanting ] the delay gives the opponents of the bill more time to lobby against it.
does this delay make it easier or harder to get this done? >> i don't know. i just don't know. >> reporter: already two republican senators have said they cannot support the bill. just one more no vote would sink the bill, and by our count, at least ten are still on the fence. the president has warned republicans to get this done or else. >> i will be very angry about it, and a lot of people will be very upset. but i'm sitting, waiting for that bill to come to my desk. >> mary bruce is live on the hill tonight for us, and how is senator mccain doing? word on him tonight? >> reporter: it's unclear when he will be back here in washington, but his friend, lindsey graham, just told us that mccain is already sounding like his old self, but this was a real scare. graham says that before this surgery, mccain was feeling tired and acting forgetful, but he is eager to get back to washington and back to work, david. >> mary bruce with us from washington as well. mary, thank you. we turn now to the devastating moment. a family of nine was swept away in a flash flood in arizona.
there was a warning, but in their remote spot, they did not hear it. abc's kenneth moton in arizona. >> reporter: tonight, in the air and on the ground, an urgent search for a missing father. some 40 searchers including volunteers and dogs northeast of phoenix, all looking for hector. his wife, maria, their three children and five other members of their extended family did not survive. the youngest, just 2 years old. >> i can't begin to tell you how i feel for this family. i mean, the age of these kids were 2 years old, 5 years old, 3 years old. it's heartbreaking. >> holy mackerel. >> reporter: a bystander capturing the rush of water as the family celebrated maria's birthday. >> these people almost got hit. >> reporter: then she spots someone in a tree. >> trying to rescue this guy and and 1-month-year-old baby. there's the son over there, and the mom is in the water.
>> reporter: the water roaring. rescuers soon on scene saving four others. that 6-foot high wall of water swept away just about everything in its path carrying trees, mud and a lot of rocks. and it was moving fast, more than 30 miles per hour. all of it caused by just an inch and a half of rain. that mixture of ash and logs left behind by the highline fire, burning more than 7,000 acres in june. >> and kenneth moton joins us from arizona tonight. kenneth, the difficult thing here was that there was a warning, but no way for them to hear it? >> reporter: that's right, david. the national weather service issued a flood warning about an hour and a half before the flood hit, but there's no cell phone service in that area, so a radio like this one, or alerts on their phones, the family didn't know the wall of water was coming. david? >> take those radios when you head out into the wilderness. kenneth moton, thank you and welcome to the team. in the meantime, there are flood watches in the west at this hour, and severe storms building in the east. let's get to meteorologist ginger zee live along the
westside highway for us. ginger? >> reporter: we have already seen 2 inches in just 30 minutes south of tucson. that flash flooding and the watch is on from las vegas to tucson. that tropical moisture from the gulf of mexico and the pacific converging there. in that flow, that will be with us for a few months. something to note tonight. also damaging winds possible. 60 plus miles per hour from parts of the northern plains and into the northeast, and you can see 2 inch per hour rainfall rains already in pennsylvania today. all those red boxes, flash flood warnings and the excessive heat warning for st. louis and kansas city. midweek is the worst, david. >> ginger zee with us tonight. ginger, thank you. in the meantime, overseas tonight and to new developments in the case of baby charlie at the center of a tug of war. now an american doctor beginning his evaluation of 11-month-old charlie guard. abc's james longman from london tonight. >> reporter: today, charlie's family got the chance they've been fighting for. a team of doctors spent the day
at his side, to determine if he might benefit from experimental treatment in the united states. >> hey. >> reporter: his genetic disease has left him unable to move, see, hear or even breathe alone. doctors say he should be allowed to die. tonight, a u.s. family whose 6-year-old son who suffers from the same condition tell abc why they, too, opposed the medical opinion. >> i had a strong intuition that something was wrong. i was right. >> reporter: these are parents united in a struggle for their children. this is the man charlie's parents are pinning their hopes on -- dr. michio hirano, a neurological specialist from columbia university. he believes there's a 10% chance the 11-month-old's muscle strength could improve. this is perhaps a battle of parental instinct versus medical reason, but it's a battle the courts will have to settle. and charlie's wait may soon be coming to an end. the team of doctors will send their report to the high court this week, for the judge to make his long awaited decision, david. >> james longman in london.
thank you. we'll have much more on baby charlie, and the american family pioneering treatment. that's given them hope. that's later tonight on "nightline." in the meantime, we continue here with the news and o.j. simpson just days now from his parole hearing in nevada. what we have learned about the prosecutor in that robbery case. what he expects this week, and what are simpson's chances now of going free? here's abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: after nine years in prison, o.j. simpson just days away from a decision that could set him free. >> count one conspiracy to commit a crime. guilty. >> reporter: this time he'll have some unlikely people in his corner. the victim of simpson's botched 2007 attempt to recover sports memorabilia is reportedly not expected to oppose his release. the prosecutor who helped get him sentenced to 33 years for armed robbery says he expects he'll get paroled. >> i've not had any incidents, despite all the stories and tabloids and everything. >> reporter: the prison says
simpson has been a model inmate, but will his acquittal, the murders of nicole brown simpson, and ron goldman, hurt him with the parole board? >> can simpson get four out of the seven to say, i'm just not going to let the fact that he is almost certainly a murderer impact my decision? >> reporter: and it's a hearing, david, that will be streamed live, which means that millions are likely to watch it. if simpson is granted parole, he won't walk free until october. david. >> matt gutman with us again tonight. thank you, matt. next this evening, two major changes from the trump administration about who can enter the u.s. the department of homeland security announcing it will issue an additional 15,000 nonimmigrant visas to foreign workers, allowing them to fill low wage jobs. also the state department amending the president's travel ban in response to a federal court in hawaii. grandparents, cousins and other relatives from those six muslim-majority nations will be able to enter the u.s. there is much more ahead on
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if you don't have a decent picture -- >> reporter: the friends vanished in february, after leaving for a hike at this nature trail in delphi, indiana. authorities at the time revealed this image of that same suspect that they say libby was able to capture on her phone, and this chilling audio of the suspect. >> down the hill, down the hill, down the hill. >> reporter: abby's mother tonight hoping that new sketch will help investigators finally track down the girls' killer. >> it's been hard, and school is coming up. just around the corner. we should have been planning for her freshman year. >> reporter: investigators have received close to 18,000 tips. the reward now more than $230,000, david. >> alex perez tonight. alex, thank you. when we come back, saying good-bye to a well known american actor and the very famous role he actually turned down. also tonight, the new murder indictment after a suburban dallas officer opened fire on a car full of teenagers. the public was initially told the teen had suddenly pulled toward the officer.
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finally tonight here, america strong. the retriever whose family tells us he never retrieves anything, but he did this weekend. here's abc's gio benitez. >> storm is trying to save this baby deer. >> reporter: that's storm, the golden retriever in the middle of the water there about to save a life. >> storm, bring him in! good boy, storm. bring him in! >> reporter: storm's owner says the dog spotted something in new york's long island sound yesterday morning and jumped in. >> storm is saving this baby deer right this minute. >> reporter: getting hold of a drowning baby deer and bringing it to shore.
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it is a growing problem, and one that is not being ignored. and the risks jail guards now face at work after three of their own were convicted of killing an inmate. and the clue that a 11 a 11a string of numbers and digits reveals. live breaking news. >> breaking news in saratoga. a brush fire around mt. eden road is moving toward the winery but away from homes. the santa clara fire department has said that it has burned up to ten acres so far. the good news, it is not threatening homes as of yet. so no evacuations are in place. but residents are urged to stay off the roads to keep them clear for firefighters of the and breaking news, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck around russia. the epicenter was in the bering
sea. there is no tsunami warning for california. a tsunami advisory is in effect for parts of alaska. there have been no reports of any damage or injuries of good evening, and thank you for joining us. i'm ama daetz. now to a growing problem not just in the bay area. >> san francisco is certainly not alone in this issue. we are seeing up and down the west coast cities, across the nation. it's an issue that deserves national attention. >> we're a talking about used needles. in parks, around tree trunks. crews picked up 10,000 needles. >> last year that number was just under 3,000. abc news is live to explain how the city is dealing with this, lonnie? >> reporter: yes, the city is looking to tackle the problem. a couple different ways of through cleanup, awareness, even a task force looking into