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Jason Davis/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee, that a gunman turned into a bullet-riddled scene of carnage Sunday reopened for business Wednesday morning.

Customers, grief counselors and clergy members filled the restaurant in the Nashville suburb of Antioch, as the familiar sights and sounds of the sizzling griddle and waitresses pouring coffee returned to the eatery where gunfire and bloodshed occurred in the predawn rampage just four days ago.

Pat Warner, a spokesman for the Waffle House chain, said 100 percent of the proceeds taken in over the next 30 days will be given to the families of the four people gunned down in the massacre and those who were wounded.

"What's important is that we came together as a community. We're part of Antioch. We're part of the community. We're part of Nashville," Warner said. "We just appreciate all the support from everyone."

Yellow crime scene tape that ringed the establishment since the shooting had been taken down. Windows shattered in the rampage were replaced, and bullet holes in doors and walls were patched up. The only evidence that the business was the setting of a tragedy were four white crosses with the victims' names on them outside the restaurant and a growing makeshift memorial of flowers and balloons near the front entrance.

Workers at the restaurant wore orange ribbons in honor of the victims.

"We're on the road to healing and recovery," said Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer, who was on hand for the reopening.

Warner said the restaurant reopened at 9 a.m. and the first customer’s bill was for $8, but the patron left $100 to give to the victims' families and the wounded survivors.

He said members of the crew on duty when the shooting broke out were not among those reporting to work this morning.

"We left it up to them. Whatever they need to do," Warner said of the crew members who survived the shooting. "We have counseling for them, we're helping them out financially. So whatever they need to do, we're there to support them. It's really on their timetable. We're just there for them and when they're ready, we'll be glad to have them back."

Killed in the Waffle House shooting were: Taurean Sanderlin, 29, a cook at the restaurant who was on a cigarette break; DeEbony Groves, 21, an honor student at Belmont University in Nashville; Akilah DaSilva, 23, a Middle Tennessee State University student; and 20-year-old Joe Perez.

Ronald Page, one of the customers who came to the restaurant this morning, said his daughter, Dominique, was a sorority sister of Groves at Belmont University.

"I just want to pay my respects," Page told ABC News.

Page called the massacre allegedly perpetrated by Travis Reinking, 29, "senseless."

"No one should have lost their lives," Page said.

Like many other customers, Page told the restaurant workers that he is praying for them.

"Hold your heads up and just work together," Page told the workers.

Police said Reinking arrived at the restaurant about 3:19 a.m. Sunday and allegedly opened fire with an AR-15-style assault rifle, killing Sanderlin and Perez outside the establishment before shooting out the windows and continuing the rampage inside.

Patron James Shaw Jr., who had been hiding behind a door leading to the restrooms, confronted the gunman when he went to reload. Shaw, a 29-year-old AT&T worker whose elbow was grazed by a bullet in the attack, wrested the gun away from the alleged killer, tossed it over a counter and forced him outside.

Shaw was honored on Tuesday by Tennessee lawmakers at the State Capitol for his heroic actions that police said saved numerous lives.



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Sacramento Police Department(LOS ANGELES) -- A 72-year-old former police officer has been arrested in the decades-old "Golden State Killer" case in California, according to officials in Sacramento.

The "Golden State Killer" is believed to have killed at least 12 people, raped at least 45 people and committed multiple home burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s in crime sprees throughout California.

His "reign of terror," Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Wednesday, spanned from the Sacramento area in Northern California down to Orange County in Southern California.

The suspected serial killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, was surprised when he was confronted by officers and arrested on Tuesday afternoon in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, said Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. DeAngelo was taken into custody without incident.

DeAngelo's name never came up in the investigation until last week, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.

It was discarded DNA that confirmed, "We had our man," Jones said at a news conference Wednesday.

"We found the needle in the haystack," Schubert said.

DeAngelo, who has adult children, was a police officer in Exeter in central California from 1973 to 1976, officials said. He was then a police officer in Auburn in Northern California from 1976 to 1979 until he was fired, officials said.

DeAngelo was fired in 1979 after he allegedly stole a hammer and a can of dog repellent, The Associated Press reported, citing Auburn Journal articles from the time.

"For over 40 years, countless victims have waited for justice," Schubert said. "Over these years, hundreds of individuals have sought justice for these victims and their families."

An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday and a complaint was filed charging DeAngelo with two counts of murder with special circumstances for the murder of a Sacramento couple in 1978, said Schubert. He was also charged with the capital murders of a couple killed in March 1980 in Ventura County, California. The crimes span 10 counties; charges are expected in more counties soon.

The terror started with burglaries and rapes in the Sacramento suburbs in summer 1976.

He would break into his victims' homes by prying open a window or door while they slept, the FBI said.

He would then shine a flashlight into their faces, tie them up, ransack the house, and rape female victims, the FBI said.

Sometimes he would take jewelry, identification, cash, and coins from the victims' homes.

Some victims said the suspect called them after the crimes, the FBI said.

In 1978, the Golden State Killer was believed to have shot and killed a couple walking their dog in the Sacramento area.

That crime was followed by rapes in the Northern California area, including Stockton, Modesto, Davis, and the East Bay.

Between 1979 and 1981, the Golden State Killer was suspected of rapes and murders in Southern California. The FBI said the victims were tied up in the same way and had their homes ransacked in the same way as the Sacramento area victims.

The final crime tied to the Golden State Killer was the May 1986 rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman in the Southern California city of Irvine, the FBI said.

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Mark Makela/Getty Images(NORRISTOWN, Pa.) -- Bill Cosby's fate is in the hands of a Pennsylvania jury that began deliberating this morning after hearing evidence over the past two weeks in which prosecutors portrayed the comedian as a serial sex predator and defense attorneys countered he's being framed by a victim they've slammed as a "pathological liar."

Cosby appeared upbeat as he entered the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, pumping his right fist in the air to a crowd of small supporters outside the courthouse shouting, "We love you Bill!" and "We've got your back, Bill!"

"These accusations are ridiculous, this case is beyond weak and this jury will recognize this and render the correct verdict," Cosby spokeswoman Ebonee Benson said as she arrived at the court with the 80-year-old defendant.

The jury of seven men and five women began deliberating around 11 a.m.

Cosby is being retried on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Constand, 44, a former director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby was a trustee and major financial donor. His first trial ended in a mistrial in June when a jury failed to reach a verdict.

If convicted of any of the three counts and the judge revokes his bail, Cosby would be taken into custody in court and transferred to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville, according to Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokeswoman Amy Worden. He would wear a cocoa-brown prison uniform and be assigned and identified by his inmate number, would have to stand to be counted four times a day, and would work at a job that pays between 19 and 42 cents an hour, Worden told ABC News.

In her closing argument on Tuesday, Cosby's attorney Kathleen Bliss asked the jury to base its verdict solely on the evidence heard in court. She launched into a withering indictment of both the #MeToo movement against the abuse and sexual harassment of women, and the numerous female witnesses the prosecution called to testify about how Cosby allegedly drugged and molested them.

“When you join a movement based primarily on emotion and anger, you don’t change a damned thing,” Bliss told jurors in the Pennsylvania courtroom. “Which is why each single case must be examined on its merits. All of the evidence must be weighed."

Bliss added: "The bottom line here is that if you don’t believe Andrea Constand, you must acquit Mr. Cosby."

Cosby's lead defense attorney Tom Mesereau told the panel that Constand is a "pathological liar" who is out to frame Cosby.

On the first day of the trial, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele publicly said Cosby paid Constand $3.38 million in exchange for her silence about him allegedly drugging and sexually assaulted her.

Cosby has adamantly denied the allegations of Constand and the other accusers and his attorneys noted he settled a civil suit filed against him by Constand without admitting any wrongdoing.

 Prosecutors contend the evidence they presented during the trial shows Cosby used his good-guy image as "America's Dad" to win the confidence of his alleged victims only to drug and sexually assault them.

"The defendant spent years and years building up his bank of trust and reputation,” prosecutor Stewart Ryan told jurors. "He used it every single time he sexually assaulted a woman. He tried to use it with Andrea Constand. He’s trying to use it with you."

During the retrial, prosecutors won a huge victory in being allowed to call five additional women to the witness stand who shared strikingly similar allegations of being drugged and molested by the entertainer despite the statute of limitations having long run out for potential criminal prosecution in those cases. During the first trial, only Constand and one additional accuser were allowed to testify.

In his closing argument, Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Stewart Ryan accused Cosby's lawyers of trying to impeach the numerous accusers with "questions designed to shame, to blame and to re-victimize."

"I can only hope, and my colleagues share this sentiment, that what we are seeing is the last vestiges of a tactic not to get to the truth, but to damage character and reputation,” Ryan told the jury.


 
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University of Delaware(NEWARK, Del.) -- A Delaware woman broke into the Pennsylvania home of her husband's mistress and shot her in the head before turning the gun on herself, according to police.

The suspect, 47-year-old Jennair Gerardot of Wilmington, knew about her husband's affair with 33-year-old Meredith Chapman and carried out a "calculated, planned attack" to kill Chapman, Radnor Township Police said at a news conference.

Both Chapman and Jennair Gerardot's husband had recently worked at the University of Delaware.

On Monday Jennair Gerardot broke into Chapman's house in Radnor Township, a Philadelphia suburb, where she waited for Chapman to come home, police said.

As soon as Chapman walked in the door, Jennair Gerardot shot her in the head, police said.

Jennair Gerardot then turned the gun on herself, shooting herself in the head, according to police.

Both women were found dead inside Chapman's Radnor Township home, an area police described as a tight-knit community.

Jennair Gerardot's husband, Mark Gerardot, was in the driveway when officers arrived. He told them, "My wife may be inside," police said.

Police said they believe Mark Gerardot was in the area because he had planned to meet Chapman for dinner, and when she didn't arrive, he became concerned and went to her house.

Police said emails and texts indicated Jennair Gerardot's attack was pre-meditated. Police also noted that it appears Jennair Gerardot brought a bag containing a wig and clothing with her. Jennair Gerardot didn't drive to Chapman's home and it wasn't immediately clear how she got there, police said.

Mark Geradot worked for the University of Delaware from November 2017 to April 2018 and he left the university earlier this month, University of Delaware spokeswoman Andrea Boyle Tippett said.

Chapman worked at the University of Delaware from 2010 to March 2018, Tippett said. She also received her bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in 2007 and her master's from the university in 2015.

"Everyone who knew and worked with Meredith is heartbroken," Tippett told ABC News via email. "As a proud alumna of UD, her commitment to her work was exceeded only by her boundless energy. She believed earnestly in the power of communication to bring people together, whether to achieve their collective goals or simply to share their stories. We will miss her."

Chapman also worked as an assistant vice president of marketing and creative services at Villanova University and ran for the state senate in Delaware in 2016.

A former student remembered Chapman as a mentor and role model for her, while she was a student at the University of Delaware.

"She was a vibrant and engaging teacher who went out of her way to help grow the communications careers of students at the university -- young women in particular," the student told ABC News via email. "She was instrumental in creating a community of successful and aspiring communications professionals through her classes and the award-winning UD Social Media Ambassador program she helped to create.

"During her 2016 run for district senate a group of students, including myself, helped to support her campaign and she let us know that working with her UD students motivated her to be a better professor and advocate for a stronger education system and job opportunities for the next generation," the student said. "Even though she lost the election, Professor Chapman accepted her loss with grace and utilized it as a teaching moment to inspire us all to take risks and pursue our passions no matter the odds."



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WABC(NEW YORK) -- A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioner has resigned after she is seen berating two police officers during a traffic stop involving her daughter, newly released police video shows.

Caren Turner, a lobbyist who headed the agency’s Government and Ethics committee and sat on its operations committee, can be seen on dashcam video released by the Tenafly, New Jersey, police department flashing her Port Authority commissioner's badge and cursing at the officers.

Former Gov. Chris Christie named her a commissioner last year.

The incident began March 31 when police say they pulled over a Toyota for illegally tinted windows before discovering the car’s registration had expired, telling the driver they had to impound the vehicle.

That’s when Turner’s daughter, a backseat passenger, called her mother to come pick them up. Turner soon arrived and approached the officers.

The video, which police released Tuesday night, shows her handing officers a business card and demanding to know why the vehicle had been pulled over. The officers told Turner they were legally barred from sharing that information with her because she was neither the driver nor the owner of the car.

Turner then begins to berate the officers saying at one point, “You’re a disappointment and you are just following him, so you are also a disappointment.”

ABC News has been unable to reach Turner for comment but her resignation letter to N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy reportedly included that she was "pleased to have played a role in the Port Authority's vital mission."

The bi-state Port Authority, which manages bridges, tunnels, airports, and seaports, said in a statement, “The video speaks for itself. The conduct was indefensible. The Board takes its recently adopted Code of Ethics for Commissioners extremely seriously and was preparing to form a special committee to review the findings of the Inspector General investigation and take action at this Thursday’s Board meeting. Commissioner Turner’s resignation was appropriate given her outrageous conduct.”

In a tweet this morning, the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association praised the Tenafly officers for keeping their “composure despite conduct of political appointee.”

Turner, who submitted her resignation last week, has not been charged.



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ABCNews.com(DALLAS) -- The shooting that killed a Dallas police officer on Tuesday is "gut-wrenching" and "too much to bear" in the wake of the deadly sniper attack that targeted Dallas police officers less than two years ago, says the city's former police chief.

Rogelio Santander, a young Dallas police officer, died this morning after he was shot in the line of duty Tuesday afternoon.

A second Dallas police officer, Crystal Almeida, and a Home Depot loss prevention officer, Scott Painter, were also shot during the attack. They are both in critical condition but are making "remarkable recoveries," Dallas Police Chief Reneé Hall said today.

The suspect was arrested Tuesday night.

This shooting comes less than two years after a sniper targeted Dallas police, gunning down five law enforcement in July 2016. The sniper attack was the deadliest day for United States law enforcement since 9/11.

"The grieving process hadn't played itself out -- before you can even finish grieving, you end up facing two more officers being shot," said former Dallas police chief and ABC News contributor David Brown. "It seems too much to bear in such a short time for a department."

Brown, who was the police chief at the time of the 2016 attack, retired several months later after 33 years with the department.

The Dallas Police Department is a strong and "tight-knit family" in the wake of the sniper attack, Brown said, but the department and the law enforcement profession overall still face tireless battles beyond the daily risks of the job: Applications are down nationwide, law enforcement deaths are on the rise and the public, in some cases, is losing trust in the officers in their community.

Dallas officers are "still coming to work and doing their jobs, but it's a tough environment," Brown said. "They're pretty beat down. They're so concerned about what's next. It just seems like, it's like this cloud over the department."

Brown also stressed the impact of the job on the family of officers, whom he likes to call "second responders."

"They're not on the scene, they're not on the job, but they're living it," he said. "They're afraid for their loved one."

Tuesday marked the first deadly shooting of a Dallas officer since the sniper attack, though several suburban departments in the area have lost officers recently, Brown said.

To Brown, the loss is "gut-wrenching."

Almeida and Santander both joined the force three years ago, The Dallas Morning News reported.

"It's amazing to me the young people that still want to go into the profession," said Brown. "It takes a lot of character and courage."

Almeida "is doing amazingly well," Michael Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, told reporters today. "She’s able to move parts of her arms and legs."

Mata added, "She’s a fighter. The doctors treating her are greatly surprised in the improvements that she’s made in the last 24 hours. We just ask for continued prayers. It’s going to be a very, very long road for her."

Mata called Santander "an amazing young man" who was widely respected in his community.

"We are going to take care of his family. They will for always and forever be a part of the Dallas Police Association and the Dallas Police Department," he said.



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iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Dallas Police Officer Rogelio Santander died Wednesday morning after he was shot in the line of duty Tuesday afternoon, the Dallas police chief said on Wednesday.

A second Dallas police officer, Crystal Almeida, and a Home Depot loss prevention officer, Scott Painter, were also shot during the attack.

They are both in critical condition but are making "remarkable recoveries," Police Chief Reneé Hall said Wednesday.

The suspect, 29-year-old Armando Juarez, and a woman were arrested hours after a police chase.

"Crystal is doing amazingly well," Michael Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, told reporters. "She’s able to move parts of her arms and legs."

He added, "She’s a fighter. The doctors treating her are greatly surprised in the improvements that she’s made in the last 24 hours. We just ask for continued prayers. It’s going to be a very, very long road for her."

Mata called Santander an "amazing young man" who was widely respected in his community.

"We are going to take care of his family. They will for always and forever be a part of the Dallas Police Association and the Dallas Police Department," he said.

Almeida and Santander both joined the force three years ago, The Dallas Morning News reported.

"It sobers us to realize what officers walk into day in and day out, and how quickly they can become victims," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said Tuesday.

Nearly two years ago, a sniper gunned down five law enforcement officers in Dallas. That shooting in July 2016 was the deadliest day for United States law enforcement since 9/11.

Condolences have poured in from law enforcement departments across Texas and the nation.

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Jason Davis/Getty Images(NASHVILLE) -- The alleged gunman in the massacre of four people at a Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee, is facing five new charges, including an attempted murder count connected to the man hailed as a hero for stopping Sunday morning's attack.

In addition to four counts of criminal homicide, Travis Reinking was hit late Tuesday with four attempted murder charges and one count of unlawful gun possession in the commission of a violent felony, according to the Davidson County District Attorney's Office.

Reinking was to appear in court Wednesday morning, but the hearing has now been postponed until May 7. An attorney from the Davidson County Public Defenders Office has been appointed to represent him.

Prosecutors said one of the attempted murder charges stems from an injury suffered by James Shaw Jr., whose right elbow was grazed by a bullet in the barrage of gunfire early Sunday morning at a Waffle House in the Nashville suburb of Antioch.

Shaw, 29, was honored by lawmakers Tuesday at the Tennessee State House for stopping the attack when he charged through a door near the restaurant's restrooms and grabbed the red-hot barrel of the gunman's weapon, snatched it from his hands, hurled it over a counter and forced the alleged killer out of the establishment.

Police said Reinking was apparently reaching into his jacket pocket for an extra ammunition magazine to reload when Shaw confronted him.

Killed in the Waffle House shooting were Taurean Sanderlin, 29, a cook at the restaurant who was on a cigarette break; DeEbony Groves, 21, an honor student at Belmont University in Nashville; and Akilah DaSilva, 23, a Middle Tennessee State University student. The youngest victim was 20-year-old Joe Perez.

Four people, including Shaw, were wounded in the attack, two of them critically, officials said.

The 29-year-old Reinking, who police said carried out the rampage wearing only a jacket with no clothes underneath, fled the Waffle House on foot but was captured Monday afternoon about a mile from the restaurant following a nearly 34-hour manhunt. He was arrested in a wooded area behind an apartment complex where he lived, after a civilian spotted him walking through a construction site and called 911, police said.

He was initially held on $2 million bail, which has since been revoked by a judge.

Reinking is on suicide watch at the maximum-security Metro Jail in Nashville, according to Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall.

"We have to protect him from the community. There are people in any community during an event like this where the tensions are high and we have to protect him from them. And we have to protect him from other inmates. That's not easy either. We owe that to him. We also have to protect him from himself," Hall said.

He said Reinking is being housed alone in a 99-square-foot cell and is under medical observation.

Reinking is in the same jail as Emmanuel Samson, who is charged in a mass shooting in September at the Burnette Chapel Church, also in Antioch, that left one person dead and seven wounded.

"He'll be monitored every 15 minutes from mental health and medical staff, and correctional staff constantly," Hall said of Reinking.

"We expect Mr. Reinking to be here a year or more, and I expect our staff will be professional and exceptional during that entire time," he added.

He said Reinking has been alert, compliant and "fairly normal."

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Photodisc/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) -- The National Weather Service's radar detected an unlikely pattern in Texas on Tuesday: widespread bird migration.

The service tweeted a real-time animation of the ongoing migration, capturing spring birds in the Fort Worth, Texas, area as they flew north for the warmer months.

"What's that on radar?! Winds are generally out of the northwest (blowing towards the southeast) across the area, so what's that moving northward on the radar scopes," NWS tweeted Tuesday morning. "These light returns aren't rain or clouds, but birds continuing their northward migration!"

The post racked up about 300 likes and re-tweets, as well as a few comments from curious birdwatchers.

"Looks like an interesting case of super refraction to me," one Twitter user commented.

"So, what about the same echoes at the bottom of the screen, going the opposite direction? Are they already headed south for the winter?" another user said, which actually drew a reply from the service.

"It's tough to see in this short loop, but that area is also birds flying north," the NWS replied. "Our radar is just picking up more birds to the south as they fly within range of the radar."

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iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- Authorities have arrested the man accused of shooting three people, including two police officers, in North Dallas on Tuesday.

Armando Juarez, 29, earlier identified as a person of interest, and an unidentified female were apprehended after a police pursuit that ended near uptown, authorities said.

"We got our man," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said at a press briefing.

Rawlings did not take questions, but he did ask for prayers for those who were shot. All three victims were out of surgery.

Emergency dispatchers received a call shortly after 4:12 p.m. to go to a Home Depot, Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall said in a press conference Tuesday night. After the responding officers arrived, a subsequent call for assistance was made after the shooting began.

Two officers were critically wounded, the Dallas Police Department posted on Twitter shortly after the shooting. The civilian who was shot is a loss-prevention officer for Home Depot, Hall said.

The officers were transported by the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department to the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Police didn't immediately release their names out of respect for their families, Hall said.

Rawlings earlier had described the aftermath of the shooting as a "two-front battle," referring to the victims' battles for their lives at the hospital as well as "the battle out in the community" to find the person of interest.

State, local and federal law enforcement agencies responded to the scene.

In 2016, five Dallas law-enforcement officers were shot and killed, and seven more injured, after they were ambushed by a 25-year-old former Army reservist named Micah Xavier Johnson, who later died in a standoff with police.

Former Dallas Police Chief and ABC News contributor David Brown said the most recent shooting of two Dallas police officers is "too much to bear for one department in such a short time frame."

"Once again," Rawlings said, "it sobers us to realize what officers walk into day in and day out, how quickly they can become victims."

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Largo Police(LARGO, Fla.) -- After Linus Phillip Jr., 30, was killed by a police officer after he was stopped at a gas station in Largo, Florida, for heavily tinted car windows. Authorities went to the funeral home recently in an effort to use his finger to unlock his phone as part of an investigation, Phillip's family attorney confirmed.

Days before the funeral on April 31, two detectives held the man's hands up to the iPhone's fingerprint sensor in the cold storage at the funeral home but did not successfully unlock it, John Trevena, the family's pro bono attorney told ABC News.

Phillip's family was at the funeral home making arrangements when the detectives showed up.

"So they are allowed to pull him out of the refrigerator and use a dead man's finger to get to his phone. It's disgusting," Phillip's girlfriend Victoria Armstrong told ABC affiliate WFTS-TV in Tampa Bay, Florida. "We are fighting to find out what happened."

The Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home, where Phillip's funeral was held, did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Lt. Randall Chaney confirmed the incident at the funeral home to the Tampa Bay Times, saying that detectives didn't think they would need a warrant since there's no expectation of privacy after death.

When reached by ABC News, the Largo Police Department declined to provide further information about the case.

"The case is still presently active, however, sometime in the near future the investigation should be concluded and the report will be available for any public records requests," a spokesperson for the police department said.

On March 23, Largo police officers saw Phillip's vehicle had heavily tinted windows, which violates Florida law, according to a press release that the police department shared with ABC News.

Phillip was driving a rental car and stopped at a Wawa gas station when the officers approached him. Phillip provided police with paperwork showing the car was a rental before an officer asked him why the car smelled like marijuana.

The officers told Phillip they were going to search him, according to the press release. When the officers attempted to lawfully detain Phillip, police said he jumped into the driver's seat and tried to flee.

An officer was hanging onto the car when Phillip allegedly put the car in reverse and accelerated nearby the gas pump, which made the officer fear for his life and fire his weapon, according to the press release.

Phillip was shot four times, killing him.

"It is the conclusion of the State Attorney's Office that the death of Linus Phillip Jr. was the result of having been shot by Officer Matt Steiner in the legal performance of his duty and the shooting was justifiable homicide," the press release said.

The Largo Police Department reviewed multiple Wawa cameras and said that the footage is "limited" and does not show the encounter between Phillip and the officers.

"Did they really need to kill him to stop him?" said Trevena. "It makes no sense."

The family of Phillip is demanding that all of the camera footage be released, according to WFTS-TV.

"They killed him after his 30th birthday. Oh god, he turned 30 on March 11," Martha Hicks, Phillip's mother, told WTFS-TV. "It's too much, too much. We just want to know what happened."

Phillip had marijuana, crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, hydromorphone pills, and over $1,500 in cash in his pockets at the time, according to the police report.

He did not have a gun in his possession and had a past criminal history, reported WFTS-TV.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Michael Riordan met his wife Jennifer in a shopping mall 29 years ago. He was 17 years old. She was just 15.

Last week, Michael's world changed when he learned Jennifer had been killed on Southwest Flight 1380 after an engine failed 32,000 feet above the ground on April 17.

Jennifer, a 43-year-old bank executive and mother of two, was partially sucked out of the plane's window, despite wearing her seat belt. Her fellow passengers were able to pull her back inside of the aircraft but were not able to save her.

Jennifer became the first person to die in an accident on a U.S. airline in nearly 10 years.

Michael sat down with ABC News in his hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to share how he learned about Jennifer's death and how he broke the news to their young children.

It began with a phone call from the chaplain at the Philadelphia hospital where Jennifer's body was taken after the flight made an emergency landing.

"The chaplain at the hospital called and said, 'We need to speak with Mike Riordan who is married to Jennifer. Are you married to Jennifer Riordan?'" Michael said. "I said, 'Yes, but she wasn't going through Philadelphia. She was planning on going to Chicago so I don't think you --' just absolute denial. I'm still in denial."

The chaplain told Michael he was going to have the doctor call him. Before the doctor got through, however, Michael was able to search for news online that could have affected Jennifer.

"I saw one passenger brought to the hospital, like, 'OK, but the whole plane didn't crash,'" he said, adding, "I was like, 'She can't be injured that bad she's just in a hospital, but I can get out there and I can hold her hand and love on her.'"

Two minutes later, Michael said, the doctor called and told him they were sorry and had tried everything they could to save his wife but she didn't make it.

"I immediately thought of the kids and how do you tell your kids their mom was gone," Michael said, referring to the couple's young son and daughter. Jennifer had planned to meet the family at their son's baseball game that Tuesday night after her flight from New York.

Instead, Michael drove to his children's school, where he brought them into a chapel to share the news.

"I just held their little hands and took a knee and said, 'Mommy's not going to come home guys,'" he said.

On Sunday, hundreds of people turned out to mourn Jennifer's passing. Michael said it was the first time he had felt peace since her death, being in the presence of those who loved her and were touched by her life.

Michael told ABC News he has avoided listening to news reports about the incident and Southwest's response, choosing for now to only concentrate on his children.

Southwest Airlines Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly expressed gratitude that no one else was seriously injured, but described the passenger's death as a "tragic loss."

"This is a sad day, and our hearts go out to the family and loved ones of the deceased customer," Kelly said during a press conference April 17.

Kelly said he was not aware of any issues with the Boeing 737, which was last inspected on Sunday. No issues with the plane or engine were reported at that time, he said, calling the Boeing 737 the "workhorse of the airline industry."

In a statement, Boeing expressed its "deepest condolences" to the victim's family.

NTSB investigators will continue the investigation in Washington, D.C., where in 12 to 15 months they are expected to announce a probable cause and more safety recommendations.

Meanwhile, airlines are under an order to quickly inspect engines like the one that failed on Flight 1380.

ABC News' Martha Raddatz’s conversation with Michael Riordan will air on an upcoming episode of ABC News’ “20/20.”

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Jason Davis/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- In an emotional ceremony Tuesday at the Tennessee Capitol, lawmakers gave James Shaw Jr., the man who stopped the deadly attack a Waffle House in a Nashville suburb, a standing ovation for his bravery.

"You were confronted with the most unspeakable evil imaginable and you acted with the utmost honor, heroism, imaginable," state Rep. Jason Powell told Shaw. "And I want to say, James Shaw Jr., you are my hero and you are Tennessee's hero."

Shaw, dressed in a suit and tie, was honored along with his best friend, Brandon McMurry, who was also at the Waffle House early Sunday when a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 assault rifle, killing four people and leaving four others injured, two critically.

Shaw, a 29-year-old AT&T worker and father of a 4-year-old girl, told ABC News' "Good Morning America" on Monday that he hid behind a door in the restaurant and when the suspected gunman, Travis Reinking, went to reload his weapon, he sprang into action. He grabbed the barrel of the gun and wrested it away from the suspect, throwing it over a counter and forcing the man outside.

Authorities say Shaw's courageous actions saved numerous lives, but he has refused to call himself a hero, saying he only took on the gunman to save his own life.

"I never thought I would be in a room with all the eyes on me but, you know, I am very grateful to be here," Shaw told the lawmakers today. "All I can say is ... this was a true test of a man. I do, once again, apologize to the people that lost loved ones, friends or family."

He said he went to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to visit some of the victims who were wounded.

"They all remember me," he said. "But I want you all to know, and I'll say this again, I am a genuine person: I didn't actually do it to save lives. I did it to save my life. In saving my life, I saved other lives. So that's probably the greatest things you could do."

McMurry, who also addressed the politicians, praised Shaw as not only his best friend but "a great man."

He said that during the shooting rampage, he tried to get Shaw to hide in a bathroom with other patrons of the restaurant, knowing that from where they were in a hallway leading to the restrooms that there was no other way out of the establishment except the front door.

"But he sometimes doesn't listen to me, and this is by far the best time that you didn't listen to me and I appreciate that," McMurry told Shaw.

Meanwhile, an online GoFundMe page set up to honor Shaw has raised more than $86,000 for him as more than 2,500 people donated.

"I normally don't get involved directly in these matters, but James' grace has inspired me to start this page and give him the support I feel he deserves," wrote Yashar Ali of New York, who established the fund-raising campaign on Monday.

"According to news reports, James has a 4-year-old daughter. Perhaps this money can be used for her college fund or some other education-related expense," Ali wrote. "But I'd be just as happy if James used some of this money to take his family on a nice vacation."

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WCVB-TV(BOSTON) -- Dozens of endangered North Atlantic Right whales were seen feeding off the coast of Massachusetts over the past few days.

The massive ocean mammals were seen swimming at the surface of the Atlantic Ocean near Marshfield -- a town about 30 miles southeast of Boston -- in chopper video captured by ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV over the weekend.

The Marshfield Police Department's harbormaster and the U.S Coast Guard patrolled the waters nearby to make sure no other boats got too close to the pods of about 50 whales, Marshfield Harbormaster Mike DiMeo told ABC News. They were likely migrating north from Florida and the Carolinas, he said.

Marshfield resident Doug MacFarland, who watched the whales through a pair of binoculars, told The Patriot Ledger that he lost count of how many he saw in the ocean.

The 10 to 12 pods of whales were spread out over up to 10 miles along the Atlantic coast, DiMeo said.

"It's an anomaly for us," DiMeo said of the number of whales.

DiMeo was able to witness the whales for himself on Monday from about 50 yards away, he said.

"It's quite fascinating to see them in that close range," he said, adding that they "basically shut the engines down" and kept a distance to "let them go their way.

The species was hunted to near-extinction about a century ago, according to the local newspaper.

The Right whale remains critically endangered, although recent analysis suggests that the species has recently experienced a slight growth in population size, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In 2011, at least 465 individual Right whales were in existence, according to the NOAA.

The last time the area had seen a large number of whales was in May 2015, when about 15 to 20 whales were spotted off the coast, DiMeo said. It could be a sign of a population increase, he added.

Among the biggest threats to the species include ship collisions, entanglement in fishing gear, habitat degradation, climate and ecosystem change, disturbance from whale-watching activities and noise, according to the NOAA.

Right whales have a protection zone of 500 yards, NOAA regulations state. So the harbormaster and Coast Guard were helping to enforce it, DiMeo said. Regulations also state that vessels over 65 feet must travel at 10 knots or less.

Humarock resident Paul Armstrong was paddleboarding when he had a close-up encounter with the whales, which can weigh up to 79 tons.

"I was almost on top of them at one point," Armstrong told The Patriot Ledger. "They were kind of curious about what I was."

The avid surfer described the sighting as "a really cool experience," adding, "It’s something I’ve always wanted to do."

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Amy Beth Bennett-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Florida Judge Elizabeth Scherer has found Nikolas Cruz to be indigent and the 19-year-old will keep his public defender, the State Attorney’s Office told ABC News today.

Cruz is accused of fatally shooting 17 students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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