iStock/Thinkstock(FOX LAKE, Ill.) — A police officer has been fatally shot and a manhunt for three suspects is underway outside Chicago.
The deadly shooting is believed to have happened after the officer sent a radio message saying that he was chasing after three men, authorities said Tuesday.
The Fox Lake police officer has not been publicly identified, but Lake County Sheriff's Department Det. Chris Covelli confirmed to ABC News that the officer has died as a result of the shooting.
The incident started at 7:52 a.m. Tuesday when the officer said via radio that he was pursuing two white men and one black man, according to a Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman at an afternoon news conference.
Police lost communication with the officer after his radio message, and a backup officer found him injured, police said.
The three suspects remain at large, the Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman said. Canine crews are being used as well as officers on foot and in helicopters in the search.
Fox Lake is a suburb about 60 miles north of central Chicago.
San Francisco shooting suspect Francisco Sanchez is pictured during an interview in jail and Kate Steinle is seen in an undated photo released by her family. KGO/Steinle Family
(SAN FRANCISCO) — The family of Kate Steinle, the woman gunned down on a San Francisco pier this summer, filed a lawsuit Tuesday over her death.
The lawsuit names San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
"We're frustrated," Brad Steinle, Kate's brother, said Tuesday at a family news conference. "We're here to make sure that a change is made so nobody has to endure the pain that my mom and dad and I go through on a daily basis.
"Because the system failed our sister," he added, fighting back tears. “And at this point nobody has taken responsibility, accountability. And nothing has changed.”
Steinle said the family hopes to "start the process of change so people will feel safe when they come to this city."
Kate Steinle, 32, was walking on a pier with her father July 1 when she was shot dead, authorities said. Sanchez pleaded not guilty to murder, according to court records.
The Steinle family blames the officials who released the suspect from jail prior to the July shooting. The suspect, Francisco Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, had been deported several times.
Sanchez has five previous convictions for re-entry after deportation, according to court records. He was on probation in Texas at the time of the shooting and served federal time for sneaking back into the country.
The Bureau of Land Management has said that the gun used was stolen from a federal agent's car. The gun was government property and belonged to one of their enforcement rangers, the BLM said in a statement.
A BLM official told ABC News that the theft took place from a secured vehicle on June 27. The theft was then immediately reported to the San Francisco police, a BLM statement said.
"It's too late for us, that ship has sailed," Liz Sullivan, Kate's mother, said to ABC station KGO-TV. "But we want it for future, possible victims."
Sheriff Mirkarimi has said federal authorities did not provide the legal basis his department would have needed to hold Sanchez, who was released in April by San Francisco officials after marijuana charges against him were dropped.
"Federal courts have actually held that detaining someone for ICE is unconstitutional, it's unlawful," sheriff's office attorney Mark Nicco said, according to KGO-TV.
San Francisco's sanctuary-related ordinance says the sheriff can comply with federal detainers if the person was convicted of a violent felony or currently faces a similar offense.
"If we're not honoring ICE holds, but out the back door calling ICE to come pick somebody up, I think that's a complete contrast to what the due process for all law is," Nicco said.
In July, Mirkarimi said that, on Dec. 11, 1995, a San Francisco court issued a bench warrant for Sanchez's arrest for failing to appear on felony drug charges.
On March 23, 2015, the Federal Bureau of Prisons called the San Francisco Sheriff's Department and requested confirmation for an outstanding 1995 felony warrant for Sanchez for possession of marijuana and sale of marijuana, Mirkarimi said. The Federal Bureau of Prisons wanted to confirm the warrant was still in effect in San Francisco, Mirkarimi said, adding that the sheriff's department followed established protocols.
On March 26, 2015, Sanchez was transported to San Francisco County Jail and booked on the 20-year-old felony warrant, Mirkarimi said. On March 27, 2015, Sanchez appeared in court and the District Attorney moved to dismiss the charges.
Between March 27 and April 14, 2015, the Sheriff's office communicated with the Federal Bureau of Prisons to confirm that Sanchez had completed his federal sentence, Mirkarimi said. On April 15, 2015, Sanchez was legally released from San Francisco County Jail after the sheriff's department confirmed he had no outstanding warrants or judicial orders.
Based on a city ordinance and the police's policy on immigration detainers, Sanchez was deemed ineligible for extended detention for U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) proceedings, Mirkarimi said.
ICE "did not provide the Sheriff's Department with a warrant or a judicial order to hold him for proceedings," Mirkarimi said in July.
"Had ICE sought the requested legal order or warrant, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department naturally and will always comply and would have complied if that legal order or warrant would have been presented to us," Mirkarimi said. "While Sheriff Mirkarimi can't comment on potential litigation, he continues to extend his deepest sympathy to the Steinle family for their loss."
Kenya Briggs, Public Information Officer for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, said in a statement Monday, "While Sheriff Mirkarimi can't comment on potential litigation, he continues to extend his deepest sympathy to the Steinle family for their loss."
Representatives for ICE and the BLM did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment Tuesday.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — The day turned out to be extra special for Chicago, Illinois, student Valerie Herrera, who had the opportunity to sing before Pope Francis Tuesday.
Herrera, 17, a senior at Cristo Bey Jesuit High School, joined Americans chosen from all over the U.S. in a virtual audience with the pope via satellite. The event was moderated from inside the Vatican by ABC News' anchor David Muir.
Herrera said Tuesday on ABC's Good Morning America that she did not know she would have the chance to even speak with the pope until just moments before.
"They told me ...‘Oh, you’re going to be talking to the pope,’ and I was like, ‘What? Really?,'" Herrera recalled. "I thought they were joking and then I guess it was the real deal."
When it was her time to speak, Herrera told the pontiff that she'd struggled with vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes white spots on the face and body, since she was 4 and that she'd endured bullying for years.
The eldest of four children born to parents from Mexico, Herrera said she was very active in her church and joined her church choir. Thanks to singing and the support of her family, she told Pope Francis, through tears, that she'd finally learned to be more comfortable with herself.
Then she got a surprise request from the pontiff.
"May I ask for you to sing a song for me?" he said. "Be courageous."
After a pause and encouragement from the audience, Herrera performed, singing "Junto a Ti Maria (Next to You, Maria)."
"Well I didn’t expect it to happen and so it just happened and so I really couldn’t say no," Herrera said of the moment, adding that she chose the song because it was one her mom had taught her as a child in the choir.
"It was just like the first song that kind of popped in my head," she said. "At first I had like no clue how to start it off. I couldn’t remember the first words."
"I looked back to my mom, because she was sitting in the crowd, and I was like, 'Okay, she’s here and I can do it,'" Herrera added. "I guess just looking at her gave me the courage."
Afterward, Pope Francis thanked her for singing.
Herrera, who will be the first member of her family to attend college and plans to become a pharmacist, said she also received words of encouragement from her classmates.
"They would send me messages or they’d just text me, saying, ‘Oh my gosh, you did beautifully. You did such a great job...We’re so proud of you...I knew you could do it,'" Herrera said. "It was just a really good experience."
rhythmbehavior/iStock/Thinkstock(MOREHEAD, Ky.) -- Following a Supreme Court decision that a Rowan County clerk in Kentucky could not deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Kim Davis said Tuesday that she would not issue marriage licenses at all.
The Rowan County Deputy Clerk told ABC News Tuesday that Davis decided no marriage licenses would be issued Tuesday. Davis had said that she had not given out marriage licenses to same-sex couples, even after the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right in July, based on religious beliefs.
A federal district judge ruled that Davis could not deny same-sex couples licenses based on her religion. That ruling was backed up by an appeals court, and on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court.
Because Davis continued Tuesday to refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a motion for contempt of court has been filed against her.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky filed a motion on Tuesday to have Davis fined for her unwillingness to comply with the court's decision.
Illustration by Patrick Lynch/Yale University(NEW YORK) — If you think scorpions are scary now, wait until you get a look at their human-sized prehistoric cousins.
The Pentecopterus, named after a Greek warship that resembles the outline of the species, was a fearsome predator that lurked in the sea 460 million years ago, according to a study published on Monday in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.
The scary predator had a long head with a narrow body and several pairs of limbs that were likely used to swim, dig and snare its prey, according to the study.
The surprisingly well-preserved fossil, which included 150 fragments, was excavated from a fossil bed in the Upper Iowa River.
"Perhaps most surprising is the fantastic way it is preserved -- the exoskeleton is compressed on the rock but can be peeled off and studied under a microscope," James Lamsdell, the lead author of the study at Yale University, said in a statement. "This shows an amazing amount of detail, such as the patterns of small hairs on the legs. At times it seems like you are studying the shed skin of a modern animal -- an incredibly exciting opportunity for any paleontologist."
The finding is significant for paleontologists since the sea scorpion is believed to be at least 10 million years older than previous members of its eurypterid group that have been discovered, along with the largest known to have existed.
icholakov/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(AMARILLO, Texas) -- Six men were detained on Monday night after a verbal altercation prompted a plane to make an unscheduled stop on the way from San Diego to Chicago.
According to ABC affiliate KVII-TV, the plane was diverted to Rick Husband International Airport shortly before 11 p.m. CT Monday. Police said that several passengers reported feeling uncomfortable with the way the six men were treating crew members, and a verbal altercation followed.
The men are being held pending an investigation of the incident, and that there were no weapons involved and no injuries.
aijohn784/iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Officials in Atlanta say an area police officer and a homeowner were each shot overnight Monday into Tuesday.
According to ABC affiliate WSB-TV, police officers were responding to a report of a suspicious person in the neighborhood when they approached a home that they believed fit the description of where the individual had been seen. Officials later said that the home was not the right one.
Officials say they are still working to determine the sequence of events that led to the shooting, but that one officer and the homeowner were each shot in the leg. WSB-TV reports that the officer is in critical condition and that the homeowner is expected to be okay. A dog was also killed in the incident.
Three officers involved in the incident have all been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday said that two officers fired their weapons at the dog in the kitchen. At that point, a homeowner exited a room near the kitchen and was shot in the leg by one of the officers. Preliminary investigation showed that the injured officer was likely shot by one of the other officers on the scene by accident.
odyphoto/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Ken McKenzie credits his flight experience with keeping himself and his wife alive.
The Florida resident -- a former pilot for the Canadian military and former COO for Spirit Airlines who now works for Airbus -- was flying with his wife, Sonia, on Sunday to see their daughter in Virginia when their single-engine plane experienced mechanical issues over the Everglades.
Ken didn’t panic, guiding the plane for a landing.
“I was shocked at being inside a fireball,” Ken McKenzie told ABC News.
“As soon as we landed, there were flames, and he reached back for me, and we clamored over the rocks,” Sonia McKenzie added.
They entered a canal, a location that posed its own challenges.
“We find ourselves in the canal, which was good, cause we were in a lot of pain,” Ken McKenzie said. “And then Sonia said, ‘Do you think there’s alligators in there?’”
Luckily for the couple, there were no alligators nearby.
Doctors said Ken McKenzie, who spoke to ABC News from his hospital bed, was badly burned but will make a full recovery
His wife has a solo flying lesson scheduled for next week, and despite the crash, she says she still plans to attend.
Ken McKenzie is thankful that his wife is OK.
“The only thing that I keep reflecting upon is, what would have happened had I not got Sonia out?” he said. “That’s the piece that I keep going over and over in my head.”
iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Supreme Court has ruled against a clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Kim Davis, a Rowan County clerk in Kentucky, hasn't been giving out marriage licenses to same sex couples since the Supreme Court ruled gay marriage a constitutional right in July. Davis said she wasn't able to do so because of her religious beliefs.
A federal district judge ruled she could not deny gay couples the licenses because of her religion, and an appeals court confirmed the decision. The Supreme Court ruled against Davis on Monday, denying her request for a stay as she looks into an appeal.
What does this mean for Davis if she doesn't start issuing licenses Tuesday?
Davis is being sued by various same sex couples who were denied licenses. The couples can ask that she be held in contempt of court.
ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Monday turned out to be extra special for Chicago, Illinois, student Valerie Hererra, who had the opportunity to sing before Pope Francis.
Hererra, 17, a senior at Cristo Bey Jesuit High School, joined Americans chosen from all over the U.S. in a virtual audience with the pope via satellite. The event was moderated from inside the Vatican by ABC News' anchor David Muir.
Pope Francis spoke on Monday with three groups, including students from Cristo Rey on the southwest side of Chicago.
When it was her time to speak, Hererra told the pontiff that she'd struggled with vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that causes white spots on the face and body, since she was 4 and that she'd endured bullying for years.
The eldest of four children born to parents from Mexico, Hererra said she was very active in her church and joined her church choir. Thanks to singing and the support of her family, she told Pope Francis, through tears, that she'd finally learned to be more comfortable with herself.
Then she got a surprise request from the pontiff.
"May I ask for you to sing a song for me?" he said. "Be courageous."
After a pause and encouragement from the audience, Hererra performed, singing "Junto a Ti Maria (Next to You, Maria)."
Afterward, Pope Francis thanked her.
Hererra will be the first member of her family to attend college. She plans to become a pharmacist.
The virtual audience event will air in a one-hour special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday, Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. ET. In addition, the event will be posted in its entirety in both English and Spanish on ABCNews.com.
Harris County Sheriff's Office(HOUSTON) — A gunman unloaded his entire pistol into Harris County Sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth when he stopped at a gas station near Houston Friday, prosecutors said in court Monday, adding that they found 15 shell-casings at the scene.
Suspect Shannon Miles, 30, allegedly ran up to Goforth as he was filling up his tank and began firing immediately, Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said Monday at Miles' court appearance.
Anderson said Miles kept firing even when Goforth was on the ground.
Goforth, 47, died at the gas station. Prosecutors said Monday Goforth was found face-down in a pool of blood.
An eyewitness, who saw the suspect flee, described the make and model of Miles' red Ford Ranger, prosecutors said, leading authorities to Miles' house. Prosecutors said they found a gun matching the ballistics of the gun that killed Goforth.
A witness viewed a video line-up and positively identified Miles as the shooter, prosecutors said.
Miles, who appeared disoriented in court Monday, remained cuffed throughout his appearance and wore yellow jail jumpsuit. No plea was entered. Miles was provided court-appointed attorneys.
The motive and origin of the gun have not been determined, Anderson said after court.
Anderson said she never expected to be at a crime scene Friday night, "looking at an officer dead on the ground."
"Houston is a very special place," Anderson said, where law enforcement is "treasured and valued."
The shooting appeared to be unprovoked, Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman said Saturday.
"Our assumption is that he [the deputy] was a target because he wore a uniform," Hickman said Saturday. "At this moment, we found no other motive or indication that it was anything other than that."
Miles has a previous criminal history, including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a firearm, according to Hickman.
Goforth, a 10-year veteran of the department, is survived by his wife, Kathleen, who works as a school teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 5, his brother-in-law Stephen Allison told ABC News.
"He was the rock in that family," Allison told ABC News through tears. "The kids loved him."
"I didn't have a brother... when they got together he was like the only other brother in my family," Allison said.
Kathleen Goforth said in a statement, "My husband was an incredibly intricate blend of toughness and gentility. He was loyal...fiercely so. And he was ethical; the right thing to do is what guided his internal compass.
"I admired his quality, perhaps, the most," her statement said. "For that made Darren good. And he was good. So, if people want to know what kind of man he was...This is it. He was who you wanted for a friend, a colleague, and a neighbor."
Courtesy Randolph-Macon College(ASHLAND, Va.) -- Getting to know your new classmates can be one of the hardest parts of starting life as a college student, but four freshmen at a Virginia college already have that problem solved.
The freshmen are quadruplets who each chose, on their own, to attend the same college, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia.
The 17-year-old siblings - Jake, Hannah, Lexi and Rachel Jones - toured around 10 college campuses before they each individually chose Randolph-Macon.
The four-some discovered they'd all picked the same school after their parents, Scott and Deann Jones, asked them each to make a list of their top schools, without showing each other their picks.
"It was definitely funny," Rachel Jones told ABC News of the moment. "We aren’t exactly alike so we didn’t expect to all go to the same school but now that I think about it, I think we all could tell."
"We all loved it when we came here and we had so many good things to say about it," she said of Randolph-Macon. "I could tell, at least, that we all really enjoyed it."
The siblings, from Chestertown, Maryland, are members of the college’s 473-member Class of 2019.
Move-in day for the quadruplets earlier this month involved the family mini-van, a 10-foot U-Haul truck, suitcases and sports gear and over 100 boxes, each closed with a different-colored duct tape for each sibling.
The siblings all moved into the same co-ed residence hall, with two of them, Hannah and Lexi, rooming together. Rachel is their suite-mate while Jake lives down the hall.
"It’s really nice to be with all of them and it made it a lot easier," Rachel said. "We’ve been all hanging out. It's nice to have them here and to meet who they get close with."
The siblings started classes Monday and though they each chose the college, the four are going their separate ways when it comes to majors.
Jake is studying communications, while Rachel is pursuing psychology, Hannah is going pre-med to become a physical therapist and Lexi is majoring in English.
Back home, the quadruplets' parents are adjusting to life without the hustle and noise of four teenagers, while their younger sister, 12-year-old Olivia, is adjusting to having her own bedroom all to herself.
"She loves it," Rachel said of her younger sister's not-too-difficult adjustment. "She was super excited."
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Southwest Airlines says no one was hurt when two of its planes clipped one another other near a gate at Oakland International Airport Sunday night.
“The wing on Southwest Airlines aircraft operating flight number 280 came into contact with the wing of another Southwest aircraft, while pushing back from the gate at Oakland Airport. No customer or employee injuries were reported on either aircraft,” the airline said in a statement late Sunday.
Both aircraft have been taken out of service and will undergo maintenance evaluations.
“Safety is always our number one focus and we are conducting an internal review to identify details surrounding today's event,” Southwest said Sunday.
The airline is working to accommodate all affected customers.
In this NOAA handout, Tropical Storm Erika weakens and falls apart over Cuba on Saturday. (NOAA/NASA GOES Project via Getty Images)(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Rescue crews are continuing to search for more than 50 people still missing in Dominica after Tropical Storm Erika caused flooding and mudslides on the Caribbean island.
The death toll in Dominica has risen to 20.
Officials are working to evacuate roughly 1,000 people from the town of Petite-Savanne because of fears of new landslides, said Don Corritte, director of the office of disaster management. Evacuations were carried out by boat because of damage to roads and bridges.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said all the residents of the town in the country's southeast would be evacuated. He declared disaster status for nine areas, calling the extent of the devastation "monumental."
"Access by road to these communities is impossible," he said. These towns "are cut off from the rest of the country."
That same storm system, while weakened, is expected to bring up to 6 inches of rain to parts of Florida on Monday.
In the Tampa area, which has already seen more than 15 inches of rain this month, people proactively filled sandbags, hoping to contain the potential flooding.