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see you again at 6:00. e in the breaking news. e in the the atf agents ambushed during . auth orities moments ago revealing he is in critical but under the microscope. tonight, there is new video now emerging after that police takedown. an unarmed man beaten after police say he would not sit down. the president and his power to pardon. commuting the sentence of this grandmother after a request from kim kardashian. tonight, you will hear from that grandmother, who'd been in prison for more than 20 years on nonviolent drug charges. the first lady making news tonight. the president's attorney, rudy giuliani, saying melania trump believed her husband when it came to the stormy daniels case. then, what the first lady said
through her spokeswoman shortly thereafter. the high stakes summit. and what the president said today about preparation before north korea, saying, quote, "i don't think i have to prepare very much." saying it's more about attitude. the volcano's youngest victims now being rushed to the u.s. and the plane and the emergency landing on a highway. good evening. and it's great to have you with us here on a very busy thursday night. and we begin tonight with breaking news. the atf agents ambushed in gary, indiana. authorities before the cameras just moments ago, revealing one of them was shot multiple times and is in critical condition at this hour. all of this after an undercover operation. law enforcement teams are on the scene at this hour, and we have just learned at least one suspect is dead and there is word coming in of at least one person in custody tonight. abc's alex perez leading us off. >> reporter: atf agents swarming the scene in gary, indiana, after what they are calling an
ambush. >> atf was conducting an undercover operation in gary, indiana, when our agents were ambushed. one of our agents was shot multiple times. >> reporter: hit in the chest and arm. now in critical but stable condition, though expected to survive. >> about noon, there was a bunch of shots, so, i went down to the basement, which is what i do when there's shooting. about five minutes later, i came back up. there was a car that sped away, and then the atf had their guns basically pointed at a house across the street. >> reporter: officials tell abc news that one suspect was killed during the shootout, another is in custody tonight. the operation part of a push by atf agents trying to crack down on guns in the chicago area. >> so, let's get to alex perez, joining us live tonight. and alex, we've learned this undercover operation in indiana, as you mentioned there, was part of this ongoing effort aimed at stopping guns from getting into chicago. and authorities said moments ago that this agent who was shot was going after, quote, the worst of the worst. >> reporter: yeah, that's right, david.
officials say this is all part of a long-term plan to stop the flow and trafficking of guns before they get into the hands of criminals. and, of course, the end goal here is to lower the city's crime rate. david? >> alex perez, you'll stay on this into the night. thank you. meantime tonight, calls for an independent investigation at this hour amid new images coming in tonight after that violent police takedown. police seen beating an unarmed man after police say he would not sit down. you saw some of those images last night here, and now, we see what happened in the moments right before. tonight, the new body cam images, and major questions about previous cases involving the same police department in mesa, arizona. and moments ago, we heard from the man who was beaten for the first time. here's abc's whit johnson. >> dude, they told you to sit your [ bleep ] down. >> reporter: tonight, growing calls for an independent investigation of the mesa, arizona, police department. >> have a seat. guess what? i ain't gonna ask you again. have a seat. >> reporter: after newly released body cam video showing what led up to this violent arrest. officers say 33-year-old robert
johnson ignored their commands. >> all the way down, all the way down. >> reporter: a knee to the body, a barrage of punches, dropping johnson to the floor. >> you didn't need to put all that force on me. what the [ bleep ] did you need to put fists on me for, huh? huh? yeah, guess what? you're a [ bleep ] boy. >> reporter: police say johnson was resisting, and thought he might have had a knife. but no weapon was found. >> i want mesa to be held accountable for what they have done. >> reporter: his attorney says the case fits a pattern of bad behavior. >> mesa has had a culture of hurting people, shooting people, and killing people, and this is sad and it needs to stop immediately today. >> reporter: the police department already under fire after this takedown of an 84-year-old grandmother in february. >> crawl towards me! crawl towards me! >> yes, sir. >> reporter: and the fatal shooting of an unarmed man in a hotel hallway.
that officer fired and later acquitted of second degree murder. >> this is a trend. there's something in the training, or, you have to have some type of accountability in that department that's weak. there's not a message being sent to officers on the ground that this kind of behavior won't be tolerated. >> reporter: the mesa police chief says he's already making changes, but calls the video of robert johnson's arrest "troubling." >> this in no way represents the whole work that is done every day. they're human beings and certainly, at first glance, this looks like a mistake. >> so, let's get to whit johnson with us again tonight. and whit, i know after several cases involving this police department, there are calls tonight for an independent investigation. is there any sign that that's going to happen? >> reporter: david, we know mesa police are already cooperating with the justice department on a civil rights investigation into that shooting death of an unarmed man. but some activists say that doesn't go far enough. they're calling for a broader
investigation into the entire department. david? >> whit johnson on this again tonight. thank you, whit. we are just days away from flying to singapore here, we'll be anchoring this broadcast there, as the president meets face-to-face with north korean dictator kim jong-un. and today, the president was asked how much he is preparing, saying, quote, "i don't think i have to prepare very much." saying it's more about attitude. abc's senior white house correspondent cecilia vega tonight. >> reporter: with the north korea summit now just days away, president trump was asked just how prepared he really is. >> i think i'm very well prepared. i don't think i have to prepare very much. it's about attitude, it's about willingness to get things done. >> reporter: what he says it's not about? the pictures. >> this will not be just a photo-op. this will be, at a minimum, we'll start with perhaps a good relationship, and that's something that's very important toward the ultimate making of a deal. >> reporter: today, in the rose garden with japan's prime minister by his side, the
president tried to temper expectations for the outcome. >> i believe we're going to have a terrific success or a modified success. >> reporter: and while he maintains he wouldn't hesitate to call off the meeting once again -- >> so, i'm totally prepared to walk. it could happen, maybe it won't be necessary. i hope it won't be necessary to walk. >> reporter: -- he says he would eventually like to normalize relations with the hermit kingdom, and perhaps even invite kim, one of the world's most brutal dictators, to the united states. >> would it be here at the white house or at mar-a-lago? >> maybe we'll start at the white house. what do you think? >> that visit could start at the white house, he says. cecilia vega live from the white house tonight. and cecilia, as you reported there, president trump really trying to manage expectations today, saying just moments ago he's prepared to walk if he has to. but he did raise some eyebrows with what he said about preparation. >> reporter: yeah, you said it at the start, david. he says this is not so much about preparation as it is about attitude going nin.
the secretary of state seems to kind of trying to be cleaning this one up. he says the president has received daily briefings from his national security team. and we're told that his secretary of state and the president have spent about ten hours a week together in person and on the phone preparing for this summit, david. >> ten hours a week. cecilia vega at the white house. cecilia, thank you. meantime tonight, first lady melania trump making news late today, after the president's attorney, rudy giuliani, said that melania trump believes her husband when it comes to the stormy daniels case. shortly after, though, we heard from the first lady, her own version, put out by her spokeswoman. here's abc's linsey davis on that. >> reporter: it was the first real glimpse of her we've had in weeks. melania trump in front of the cameras, alongside her husband. >> thank you, melania. she's doing great. she went through a little rough patch, but she's doing great. >> reporter: today, she was out of the public eye once again, but making her voice heard. her office responding to comments from the president's lawyer, rudy giuliani, who was asked what the first lady thinks about stormy daniels. >> can't speak for melania -- >> but you're a personal friend.
>> i am, and -- she believes in her husband. she knows it's not true. i don't even think there's a slight suspicion that it's true, when you -- excuse me, when you look at stormy daniels. i know donald trump, and -- >> let's respect her. >> look at his three wives, right? beautiful women, classy women, women of great substance. stormy daniels? >> reporter: still, president trump ended up footing the bill to keep daniels quiet about their alleged affair. and tonight, the first lady is making one thing crystal clear. her spokeswoman telling us, "i don't believe mrs. trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with mr. giuliani." and the first lady has not commented at all about the stormy daniels scandal, and many will remember that when daniels appeared on "60 minutes," president trump watched from the white house, but mrs. trump was hundreds of miles away in florida. david? >> so, she didn't speak out, but she made it clear she didn't necessarily agree with what she heard from rudy giuliani. >> reporter: crystal clear.
>> thank you, linsey. now, the president's power to pardon tonight, and the joyful reunion. a great-grandmother released from prison after 20 years. the president commuting her sentence. alice johnson rejoining her family after decades behind bars on a nonviolent drug offense. it was reality star kim kardashian who told the president about her. tonight, some asking, does it take a famous name, a reality star, to get the president's attention on pardons, or will he and the justice department now look at other cases involving nonviolent drug convictions? here's abc's chief justice correspondent pierre thomas on that. >> reporter: after nearly 22 years behind bars -- >> thank you, jesus! >> reporter: -- tonight, 63-year-old great-grandmother alice johnson is a free woman. >> i want to thank president donald john trump. >> reporter: johnson now asking the president to show mercy to thousands of other americans serving long prison terms for nonviolent drug offenses. >> i'd like to tell him that please, please remember us, the others who have been left behind, because there are so
many. >> reporter: the question tonight, will that happen? president obama commuted more than 1,700 stiff sentences, most for nonviolent drug crimes. but president trump has taken a harder line. >> when you catch a drug dealer, you got to -- you got to put him away for a long time. >> reporter: what apparently sold him on alice johnson? a personal appeal from reality star kim kardashian. days earlier, he granted sylvester stallone's wish and posthumously pardoned former heavyweight boxing champion jack johnson. >> this was very important to sylvester stallone, my friend for a long time, sly. >> reporter: the president now talking about pardoning martha stewart, and commuting the sentence of former "apprentice" contestant, disgraced illinois governor rod blagojevich. at least three people have gone on fox news, appealing directly to the president. this is the wife of george papadopoulos, the trump campaign aide who pleaded guilty and is cooperating with special counsel robert mueller.
>> i trust and hope and ask president trump to pardon him. i hope he will. >> reporter: sources tell abc news, the white house is working on a growing list of eligible americans, including people without celebrity status or support. one official telling us, "need to be ready when the boss is ready to go." >> so, let's get to pierre thomas, with us live from d.c. tonight. and pierre, sources telling abc news that the president is now pushing his staff for more names that he can pardon? >> reporter: that's right, david. expect more pardons and commutations. here, there are no real limits on the president's power. and david, breaking with tradition, he has taken this action without consulting the justice department. david? >> pierre thomas tonight. thank you. there is an urgent effort under way at this hour to get the youngest victims from that volcano in guatemala to the u.s. for help. and look at this tonight. this satellite image of a village from before the volcanic eruption, and this image afterward. you can see the village is gone. burned, covered in ash now. abc's victor oquendo in guatemala on the effort to get
those young victims here. >> reporter: tonight, more than 72 hours after guatemala's volcano of fire buried communities, hope is fading. officials suspending the search for survivors. days of rain and hot terrain making it just too dangerous. overnight, the u.s. military airlifting six children with life-threatening burns to a texas shriner's hospital for treatment. >> we also had some moments on the airplane where the kids, you know, weren't doing so well, and we had some great teams onboard to help, and we were all here to help each other. >> reporter: meanwhile, the images from the volcano are breathtaking. but on the ground, it's a living nightmare. locals tell me they never expected the flow from the volcano to come down this way, but that is exactly what happened. it destroyed everything in its path. at least 99 confirmed dead. nearly 200 missing. even more displaced. we visited some of the youngest survivors in this shelter in alotenango. >> some of them don't know if they're going to see some of their family members again.
>> reporter: now learning to adjust to their new lives. david, guatemala's public minister announced they're opening an investigation for possible negligence, focusing on the lack of warning for those communities that were wiped out. david? >> victor oquendo with us again tonight. thank you, victor, and the team there on the ground. meantime, overseas tonight, we are following developments involving that medical mystery at the u.s. consulate in china. a number of american workers and their family members now returning to the states, after complaining of strange noises, headaches, chronic sleeplessness and other symptoms. those complaints similar to those at the u.s. embassy in cuba, you'll remember, that affected dozens. all of those cases still remain unexplained tonight. and here in new york city this evening, the official cause of death now for designer kate spade, amid word from her husband, and all of this comes as the cdc tonight releases new and alarming numbers. more americans die from suicide than from car accidents. here's abc's gio benitez. >> reporter: tonight, a medical examiner confirming the hard truth about kate spade's death -- that she committed
suicide by hanging. her husband, andy spade, telling us, "kate suffered from depression and anxiety for many years. she was actively seeking help and working closely with her doctors to treat her disease, one that takes far too many lives." kate spade herself revealing her battle with anxiety in an interview with npr. >> i also am very -- a nervous person, i worry a lot. and andy could not be more different. >> you have -- you were, like, the sleepless nights person? >> yes. and always, you know, the sky is falling. >> reporter: her death fueling more conversations about suicide and today, the cdc reporting that suicide rates have increased by 25% over two decades. one study finding that more people die from suicide than from car accidents. but stories from across the country show that people do want to help. like this image of a man on top of a bridge who authorities believed was about to take his own life, but truck drivers lined up their semis under the bridge like a safety net, ultimately convincing him not to jump.
and david, right now, there are people standing by to help anyone who needs someone to talk to. it's the national suicide prevention lifeline and that number is 1-800-273-8255. david? >> we cannot underscore that. gio, thank you. again, it's 800-273-8255. and there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this thursday. the severe weather threat at this hour, from flash flood fears to that massive tornado we saw tearing across the plains. rob marciano standing by with the storms hitting tonight. also, the pilot's mayday call and the emergency landing right on a busy interstate. all of it captured on video. and the shocking road rage attack. a man ramming his suv into another car and then you see him there right on top of it. a lot more news ahead. ch my bre. it was the last song of the night. it felt like my heart was skipping beats. they said i had afib. what's afib? i knew that meant i was at a greater risk of stroke.
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