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Good Samaritan Speaks Out After Rescuing Elderly Woman from Pond

iStock/Thinkstock(ARLINGTON, Mass.) — A Massachusetts woman is lucky to be alive after Arlington police say she accidentally hit the accelerator while backing up near Spy Pond in Arlington around 1:02 p.m. Friday, sending her Ford Edge straight through a fence and plunging about 8 feet into frigid waters.

Three good Samaritans helped rescue the 68-year-old woman as she was trapped inside pounding on the SUV’s passenger-side window.

One of the quick-thinking bystanders wasted no time swimming out to the car but just as he opened the door to help the woman out, the vehicle took on more water and submerged. Numerous items from the car floated to the surface of the pond as two more rescuers jumped in the water.

Dan Frazier, the second man in the video to leap into action, told ABC News he was on a nearby bike trail with his wife and two friends when they heard the tires screech and the sound of a collision.

Frazier said he turned down the hill about 10 yards away, heard a splash and saw the vehicle enter the water.

“By the time I got there I turned around quickly and said to the rest of the people in my party, ‘There’s a car that went in the water and somebody is in it,'” he recalled of the harrowing experience.

He rushed down to the area where the car went in, tossed aside his bike, took off his outer layer of clothes and jumped in the water. As Frazier swam toward the sinking car, he saw one man pounding on the passenger window in an attempt to free the woman, when she eventually reaches the surface gasping for air.

“I could see that she couldn’t swim and she was an older woman and she was struggling at the surface of the water, almost going down again,” Frazier said.

“By the time I got to her she had this terror, frantic look in her eyes and I knew right away she couldn’t swim,” he added. “I grabbed what looked like some kind of flotation device — it was a cushion that had handles on it. I just flung the handles toward her.”

After a few attempts, the woman was able to reach out and grab on to the safety device.

Frazier said she was “floating on the surface with her head up,” which allowed him to pull her close to shore where another man helped lift the woman, who has not yet been publicly identified.

Thinking back on the timing of the events that day, Frazier said, “To me there are no coincidences in the way this all happened the way that it did … We just saw this woman struggling and, I mean, life is precious and you know every life has worth and we were just very glad that the timing was what it was and we were able to help her in this really urgent time of need.”

The crash was an accident and the driver was not impaired in any way, police say. The woman is in the hospital recovering from mild hypothermia.

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Men Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Tyson Gay’s Daughter to Appear in Court

iStock/Thinkstock(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — Three men arrested in the fatal shooting of the teenage daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay are expected to appear in court Monday.

Trinity Gay, 15, was shot in a Lexington, Kentucky, parking lot around 4 a.m. Sunday during an exchange of gunfire between two cars, police said.

She was later declared dead at a nearby hospital, according to police.

The first arrest announced by the Lexington Police on Sunday was 21-year-old Dvonta Middlebrooks. He was in the parking lot and fired multiple shots, according to his arrest citation. He was charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Chazerae Taylor, 38, and his son, D’markeo Taylor, 19, were also arrested. They were both charged with wanton endangerment, the police said.

The three men are expected to appear in court at 1 p.m. ET Monday. The men have not yet entered a plea.

Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay, who is from Kentucky, has competed in the past three Summer Olympics.

Tyson Gay spoke to local Lexington television station WLEX about the shooting on Sunday.

“It’s so crazy. I have no idea what happened,” Gay told the station.

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UConn Student Run Over, Killed by Campus Emergency Vehicle

iStock/Thinkstock(STORRS, Conn.) — A 19-year-old University of Connecticut student died after she was run over by a campus emergency fire vehicle early Sunday morning.

Jeffny Pally was sitting outside a garage door for the UConn Public Safety Complex when it opened after an emergency call, and a firefighter ran her over in an SUV, police said according to ABC News affiliate WTNH-TV.

The firefighter was put on administrative duty, WTNH-TV reports.

Pally’s cousin, Atul Sajan, told WTNH-TV that she wanted to be a nurse and loved helping other people.

“No one can handle it because she was so young,” he said. “She was full of life and she was so lovable. Everyone loved her.”

In a statement, UConn President Susan Herbst called Pally’s death a “heartbreaking and tragic loss.”

“Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends, and all those whose lives she touched,” she said. “We know that words cannot begin to express their grief.”

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Teenage Daughter of US Olympic Sprinter Tyson Gay Killed in Shooting

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) — An arrest has been made in the shooting death of U.S. Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay’s teenage daughter.

Trinity Gay, 15, was shot early Sunday morning outside the Cook Out on South Broadway in Lexington, Kentucky, according to police. Police said witnesses saw an exchange of gunfire between two vehicles outside the restaurant.

The Lexington Police Department said Sunday night that Dvonta Middlebrooks, 21, was arrested in connection with Gay’s death. He was charged with wanton endangerment and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to police. Authorities determined he was in the parking lot and fired multiple shots at the time of the incident.

Police questioned another man after the shooting but said he was not charged.

The investigation is ongoing, police said.

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FBI Director Comey Rejects Talk of Epidemic of Police Violence Against Blacks

Andrew Burton/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) — People who think police shootings are becoming a national epidemic “have no idea” what they’re talking about because there currently is no federal data to indicate whether that’s really the case, FBI Director James Comey said Sunday.

He made the stark comments at the International Chiefs of Police Conference in San Diego, speaking before thousands of law enforcement officials from across the United States and overseas.

While Comey acknowledged it’s been a “uniquely difficult time in American law enforcement,” he said the broad notion that police are “violent and racist and unfair” is an ill-informed notion.

Fueled by images and videos of police encounters posted online, “good people” have come to believe that “biased police are killing at epidemic rates,” with black men and women the overwhelming victims.

Most recently, violent protests broke out in Charlotte, North Carolina, after police fatally shot a black man who authorities said appeared to have a gun. Parts of the incident were captured on cell phone video and police dash-cam video.

“Each video becomes further proof of an epidemic nationwide of police brutality,” Comey said.

But “however good their hearts,” they have “no idea of whether the number of black people … being shot by police is up, down or sideways” in recent years, Comey insisted. “They have no idea of these things because we [in federal government] have no idea of these things.”

He noted that “in the absence of information we have anecdotes,” and a “small group of videos serves as an epidemic.”

This narrative has “real costs” — it is making it harder for police to do their jobs and protect the communities they have sworn to protect, and it is making it harder for police departments to recruit new officers.

He said Americans across the country will be “deeply, deeply sorry” if people stop choosing to serve the country through law enforcement.

While “there are bad cops,” such bad apples exist in all industries, he added.

“The truth is this: Police officers are overwhelmingly good people,” and they took dangerous jobs because they want to help people, Comey said.

So to close the growing chasm between police and certain communities, the country needs to have an informed debate about policing based on reliable information.

“If we do those things and if we do them well, we will save lives,” he said.

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North Carolina GOP Office Hit by Suspected Firebomb

iStock/Thinkstock(HILLSBOROUGH, N.C.) — Police in Hillsborough, North Carolina, are investigating the suspected firebombing and vandalism of a Republican Party office overnight, local officials said.

It appears that a bottle filled with flammable substance was thrown through a front window of the Orange County GOP offices, according to a statement from the Hillsborough government. The substance ignited inside the office, burning some furniture and damaging the building’s interior before going out, the statement said.

An adjacent building was also vandalized with graffiti including a swastika and the words “Nazi Republicans leave town or else,” which was discovered and reported this morning by another business owner, the statement said.

No damage estimates are available yet, and Hillsborough police are investigating along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the statement said.

North Carolina Republican Party spokeswoman Kami Mueller tweeted photos of the damage, saying “Firebomb through window that said “freedom speaks” at orange co gop. This will not deter good people from exercising their rights.”

Firebomb through window that said “freedom speaks” at orange co gop. This will not deter good people from exercising their rights. #ncpol

— Kami Mueller (@kamimueller) October 16, 2016

“This highly disturbing act goes far beyond vandalizing property; it willfully threatens our community’s safety via fire, and its hateful message undermines decency, respect and integrity in civic participation,” Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens said. “I believe I speak for the overwhelming majority of people who make Hillsborough their home: Acts like this have no place in our community. Our law enforcement officials are responding quickly and thoroughly to investigate this reprehensible act and prosecute the perpetrators.”

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At Least 4 Dead, Several Injured After Truck Falls Off San Diego Bridge

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) — At least four people were killed and several injured when a truck flew off a bridge and into a crowd of people in San Diego on Saturday afternoon, according to officials.

Many motorcycle enthusiasts were celebrating a motorcycle event called the La Raza Run at Chicano Park when a GNC pickup truck fell about 60 feet from Coronado Bridge after the driver lost control and struck a guardrail, California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Jake Sanchez said.

There were two major injuries, including the driver who was transported to UC San Diego Health, according to Sanchez. He said there were also seven moderate injuries and all were transported to different hospitals.

The driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury or death, Sanchez said.

Rescue crews and San Diego Police, who were already in Chicano Park for the event, reached the scene within minutes, according to San Diego Fire Chief Brian Fennessey.

“When they arrived, they did find the vehicle on its side and on top of four individuals,” Fennessey said at a news conference Saturday.

The fire chief called the crash a “tragic” event.

“You know it’s just tragic, anything that size, any vehicle coming off of an elevation like that and landing on people, the outcome is just not going to be good,” Fennessey said.

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At Least 3 Dead, 12 Injured in Los Angeles Shooting

iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Police said a house party in the West Adams area of South Los Angeles turned deadly early Saturday after shots were fired at a makeshift restaurant.

The shooting left at least three people dead and 12 others injured, the Los Angeles Police Department said according to ABC News affiliate KABC-TV.

Police said 12 people were hospitalized, KABC-TV reports, and at least three of the wounded were listed in critical condition.

When police arrived at the scene, Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Frank Preciado said it was “chaos,” with about 50 people running away.

“When they came into the crime scene – very horrific. We have evidence all over the place…,” he said according to KABC-TV.

Police said the homeowner did not have the proper permits to operate the residence as a restaurant, but was cooperating with authorities, according to KABC-TV. Witnesses told police it was a popular reggae spot.

“We cannot tolerate these tragedies multiplying in communities across America,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement.

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Chicago Police Release Video Footage of Female Officer Being Attacked by Suspect

artolympic/iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Police Department released officers’ dashboard- and body-camera footage of an altercation in which a suspect appears to beat a female officer while resisting arrest.

The video of the arrest and altercation on Oct. 5 shows officers struggling to detain a man whom police later identified as Parta Huff, 28, who police say was high on PCP at the time of the incident.

In the videos, as the officers bring Huff to the ground, he takes the female officer with him, smashing her head onto the pavement.

The videos also show officers attempting to handcuff Huff as he flails his free hand, and shifts his body underneath the pressure of an officer kneeling on him.

The kneeling officer repeatedly instructs Huff to stop resisting arrest, and screams can be heard throughout the video.

The female officer sustained injuries to her head and has been hospitalized for more than a week since the assault, according to ABC News station WLS-TV in Chicago.

Huff has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said this week that he spoke to the injured officer and that she did not fire her gun at the suspect because she feared public backlash and “didn’t want to go through the scrutiny” that follows after an officer uses a firearm.

“She thought she was going to die. She knew that she should shoot this guy, but she chose not to, because she didn’t want her family or the department to have to go through the scrutiny the next day on national news,” Supt. Johnson told the media.

Chicago Police DepartmentStories of officer-involved shootings have been in the headlines for more than two years, sparking waves of protest in cities around the country, including Chicago.

The Chicago Tribune reported in August that the city had 435 officer-involved shootings over a recent six-year span, with 92 fatalities and roughly one bullet fired by police every five days.

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17-Year-Old Philadelphia Student Dies After Altercation With School Staff, Police Say

Onnes/iStock/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) — A 17-year-old Philadelphia student died Thursday after an altercation with school staff, police said.

Staff members at Wordsworth Academy in the West Philadelphia neighborhood of Wynnefield Heights were conducting an investigation into an unauthorized item in the student’s room when the incident occurred, said Sgt. Eric Gripp, public information officer for the Philadelphia Police Department. When staff left the room, they tell police they heard banging on the other side of the door from the student apparently attempting to barricade himself in the room.

The student continued to apparently attempt to barricade the door despite the staff members’ repeated instructions for him to stop, police said. When the staff members again entered the room, they reported that they found it in “complete disarray,” with broken fixtures and furniture, and the student standing on the bed.

The staff members told the student to calm down, but he began to yell and strike them, police said. While the staff members were trying to “gain control” of him, he lost consciousness, according to police. The staff members tried to revive the student, attempting first aid and CPR until the arrival of an emergency services medic, who was unable to resuscitate the student.

The student, whose name was not released, was lying unresponsive on the floor when police arrived at the school. He was pronounced dead at 9:36 p.m.

The student’s death has not been ruled a homicide but is under investigation by the department’s homicide unit, Gripp said.

In a statement, the school said it was “shocked and saddened” by the “loss” of the student’s life. It could not comment on the incident due to the ongoing investigation, which could take several days, it said, adding that it is “working closely” with authorities to provide accurate and timely information.

Wordsworth Academy is a private, nonprofit residential juvenile treatment program whose “mission” is to “provide education, behavioral health and child welfare services to children and youth who are experiencing emotional, behavioral and academic challenges so that they are empowered to reach their potential and lead productive, fulfilling lives,” according to its website. Students attend Wordsworth Academy due to court commitments or a requirement by the Department of Human Services, police said.

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