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Nathanael Callon(DALLAS) -- At least five people were killed, three others are missing and hundreds of homes were destroyed as large parts of the central and southern Plains states faced flash floods and tornadoes.

In Claremore, Oklahoma, about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa, firefighter Jason Farley died when he was swept away while attempting a water rescue, Deputy Chief Matt Wilson of the Claremore Fire Department told ABC News.

Alyssa Ramirez, 18, a student at Devine High School in Texas, died Saturday driving home from her school’s prom, after her car got stuck in floodwater, ABC News affiliate KSAT-TV reports.

According to the National Weather Service, one other person died in Union, Mississippi when a tree fell on the victim’s car.

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In Wimberley, about 40 miles southwest of Austin, hundreds of homes were destroyed, many of them washed away, after more than 9 inches of rain was reported and the Blanco River rose.

Trey Hatt, Communications Specialist for the city of San Marcos, told ABC News that three people remain missing from the Wimberley area – and 550 properties and 1,100 structures were impacted by the flood waters.

A tornado touched down in Houston early Sunday, severely damaging an apartment complex and sending at least two people to the hospital. The National Weather Service identified the tornado in a preliminary report as an EF-1 with 100 mile per hour winds.

The threat for severe weather will encompass a large swath of Texas and the southern part of Oklahoma yet again on Memorial Day with large hail, damaging winds, and an isolated tornado possible across the region.

Heavy rain and more flash flooding are expected for areas that are already extremely saturated.


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Officials search an Air France plane after it lands at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City on May 25, 2015. WABC-TV(NEW YORK) -- At least six flights were impacted by threats at airports in New York, New Jersey and Boston on Monday, according to airlines and law enforcement.

JFK Airport:

An Air France plane was escorted to JFK Airport in New York City Monday morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

The FBI said the plane has since been checked and cleared with "no incidents or hazards reported on board the flight by either the passengers or its crew."

Authorities said that the decision to have the plane escorted by two fighter jets was done "out of an abundance of caution" after the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack, in Garrett County, received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which was en route from Paris to the New York City airport.

The tip was called in at 6:45 a.m. on an untraceable line and the caller did not identify himself, a senior federal official told ABC News. Two F-15 planes were scrambled and followed the plane into U.S. airspace, but they flew in a way so that the passengers and crew would not be able to see the military planes, sources said.

The Airbus A-330 has since landed and was taken between two runways and locked down while the threat is investigated. A police dispatch that was sent out after the jets were scrambled noted that the area where the plane was taken is generally known as the "hijack site" because it is the area used in such scenarios. During an initial investigation, nothing dangerous has been found on board, the federal official told ABC News.

A Saudi Airlines flight from Saudi Arabia was also escorted to a remote area at JFK. It was cleared and passengers were brought back to the terminal, officials said.

For an American Airlines flight from Birmingham, England, to JFK, the pilot was initially instructed to taxi to a remote area, but the threat was determined not credible and the plane was cleared to go to the terminal.

Newark Airport:

Two flights to Newark, New Jersey, were also affected -- a Delta Air Lines flight from London and a United Airlines flight from Madrid, authorities said.

Logan Airport:

A threat also turned up negative for a Delta flight from Paris to Logan Airport in Boston, authorities said.  


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tzahiV/iStock/Thinkstock(FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.) -- A waterspout that went ashore at a Florida beach turned dangerous after it hit an inflated bouncy castle that had four children inside.

The swirling column of wind and ocean water that formed in Fort Lauderdale hit the ground this morning and video shows that it headed straight towards the childrens' amusement ride.

The video, obtained by ABC News affiliate WPBF-TV, shows the bouncy castle get caught in the wind, flipping over repeatedly before it was swept even further up in the air.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department reported that the waterspout "uprooted" the inflatable and it was "sent across parking lot into roadway."

While police reported there were three children were inside the castle, WPBF-TV said one of the children was seriously injured.

The ages of the children were not immediately known.


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New York State Police(NEW YORK) -- A body was found this weekend near the location where a man disappeared after his kayak capsized on the Hudson River in New York State, authorities said.

Vincent Viafore, 46, disappeared last month while he was kayaking with his fiancée, Angelika Graswald, 35, authorities said. About two weeks later, prosecutors charged Graswald with second-degree murder.

The pair, both of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., were kayaking together in April, authorities said, when Viafore's kayak filled with water, causing it to capsize.

As the kayak case continues, here is what authorities have said so far:

The kayaking trip:

New York State Police initially said rough water and strong winds caused Viafore's kayak to overturn.

Graswald, a Latvian national, called 911, according to police, who initially said that she tried to help him. While trying to help her fiance, she fell out of her kayak, police said, but was later found by a boater and rescued. Police noted at the time of the incident that Graswald was treated for hypothermia at a local hospital and released.

Then, prosecutors said last month that Graswald admitted to investigators that she tampered with Viafore's kayak so that it would take on water.

Prosecutors said Graswald also told police that she watched Viafore struggle in the Hudson's icy waters for several minutes before he went under.

Prosecutors said Graswald admitted to New York State Police it "felt good knowing that he was going to die," and implied that "this was her only way out."

Angelika Graswald charged with murder:

About two weeks after the incident, police charged Graswald with second-degree murder.

Her motive, prosecutors said, was two life insurance policies that could benefit her for a total of about $250,000. Graswald even "talked about what she could possibly do with the money," prosecutors said.

Graswald's lawyer has said he plans to challenge the alleged confessions.

"We're going to find out whether they indeed happened, whether they were voluntary or forced," Graswald's attorney, Richard Portale, said of the alleged confessions reported by prosecutors. "And it's all going to come out."

Graswald has not yet entered a plea. Her bail has been set at $3 million.

A body in the Hudson:

This Saturday, a body was found in the Hudson River near where Viafore disappeared.

New York State Police said the body was pulled from the river near West Point and was taken to the Orange County Medical Examiner for an autopsy and identification. Police released no identifying information about the body.

Viafore's family declined to comment to ABC News.

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Natalia Bratslavsky/iStock/Thinkstock(MONROE TOWNSHIP, N.J.) -- The New Jersey Turnpike, the road where Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Nash and his wife were killed in a taxi cab crash is a massive, unforgiving, high-speed highway that's been called "The Big Road" and "The Monster Road."

Most ominously perhaps, it's known by those who know it best as "The Black Dragon."

The tragic crash that claimed the lives of Nash and his wife comes nearly a year after a Wal-Mart truck driven by Kevin Roper crashed into a vehicle carrying comedian Tracy Morgan and his entourage on the turnpike.

One person, James McNair, was killed, while three were injured. Morgan, 46, was hospitalized for several weeks after the accident.

Sixty-four years since it was first opened to traffic, the turnpike remains one of America's best-known and most daunting thoroughfares. A road so fast, so mean and so fearsome that some state troopers spend their careers trying to avoid being assigned to it, while those who have patrolled the highway wear their experiences as a badge of honor.

"It's always been a real source of pride for someone to say 'I worked The Black Dragon," retired New Jersey State Police Maj. Al Della Fave told ABC News last year after another fatal crash nearly killed actor Tracy Morgan. "They don't even allow troops to go out there too soon -- they want you to have minimum 18 months experience before you're even allowed to patrol the turnpike."

The highway has posted speed limits of 65 mph at its fastest points, but the actual pace of traffic on the ground easily surpasses 80 mph.

"There are so many lanes, and the speed that drivers can attain, that things happen very fast," Della Fave said. "Multiple lanes, high volume. So when somebody makes a mistake it's almost certain to be serious."

In recent years, the turnpike experienced a dramatic decline in fatal crashes. According to The Star-Ledger of New Jersey, 2013 marked the fewest fatal Turnpike accidents in the highway's history. There were nine highway deaths on the Turnpike in 2013, compared with 24 in 2012. The all-time high was in 1973, when 79 people were killed on The Black Dragon.

First opened in 1951, the 122-mile road cuts a wide, flat diagonal path through industrial New Jersey, from the urban centers of Newark and Elizabeth, passing New Brunswick and Trenton, down toward Camden and then on to the Delaware border. It was a forerunner to the interstate highways built under President Dwight Eisenhower and was developed to move people and goods between New York and Philadelphia -- quickly.

"It was built to be a conveyer belt for speed," Joseph Collum, author of the book The Black Dragon, which detailed the controversial history of the turnpike and the troopers who patrol it, told ABC News. "Before it was built, that trip could take five hours. Now it's less than two."

Like New Jersey itself, the turnpike displays its different personalities at its various sections: in the north, it's 12 lanes wide at points and split into four sections; alongside the runways of Newark Liberty International Airport, it feels as if a plane could easily land on the highway by mistake; and, closer to Philadelphia and Delaware, the freeway feels like little more than a standard, modern highway.

"It was designed to be wide and relatively straight," Collum said. "There's a tremendous amount of traffic and it's really intimidating to drive through. And the troopers assigned to it looked at enforcing traffic codes as secondary to what they were really out there to do, which is catch people out there transporting drugs."

That history of drug interdiction is what led to the now-banned policy of stopping drivers based on race in order to find contraband. One such stop in 1998 led to a shooting that revealed the state police practice of "racial profiling" and, eventually, prompted laws and court rulings that led it to be banned across the country.

The turnpike remains one of the defining features of New Jersey. It has played roles in Bruce Springsteen songs and appeared in the opening credits of The Sopranos. It also ranks routinely among the top five busiest roads in the country, yielding nearly $1 billion a year in toll revenue.

"It's the black, asphalt spine that runs up and down New Jersey," Collum said. "It is a dangerous road."

Authorities said today they are not planning to charge anyone in the Nash accident.

Prosecutors have charged Walmart trucker Kevin Roper with causing the Morgan wreck after driving without having slept for more than 24 hours.

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Hemera Technologies/AbeStock.com/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- A New Orleans police officer was found shot dead in his marked patrol car Sunday morning, city officials said.

The shooting was reported around 7 a.m., the New Orleans Police Department said in a news release. The victim's car rolled forward and struck a curb after the shooting.

The officer's name has not been released, but the New Orleans police identified the victim as a 45-year-old man who worked as a Housing Authority police officer.

A Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) police officer "Investigates complaints, maintains order, aids individuals, and identifies criminal offenders," according to a summary of the position on hano.org. The officers also perform "unplanned physical tasks which include the restraining of violent individuals, running, climbing fences and responding to EMS and rescue emergencies. Officers must handle gun belts," the summary said.

The officer had been a member of the HANO Police Department since 2013, according to the police press release. The police department declined to comment further.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a statement: "The death of this HANO police officer is an unspeakable tragedy, and a vile and cowardly act. Tragedies that involve our men and women in uniform affect our entire city and touch every member of our law enforcement community. We are deeply saddened by this loss, and our hearts and prayers are with the officer's friends and family and with the entire HANO family during this very difficult time.

"NOPD and HANO will work very closely to identify and arrest those responsible for this heinous assault. NOPD and HANO are part of the same close-knit law enforcement family that puts their lives on the line to protect and serve the people of New Orleans. Never are we more aware of the risk they face every day than we are on terrible days like this."

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating.

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Voyagerix/iStock/Thinkstock(DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.) -- The death of a swimmer this Memorial Day weekend in Florida has drawn new attention to the dangers of rip currents.

One person drowned Sunday after he was pulled from the surf in Daytona Beach, in front of an unguarded lifeguard tower. Beach-goers nearby tried to revive him.

“We tried to keep his head up, and then we got him out and I started doing chest compressions,” Marissa Purvis said.

More than 130 rescues occurred in Volusia County, Florida on Sunday alone.

Rescuers in Jacksonville spent the past two days combing waters by boat and helicopter looking for a missing 11-year-old caught in the currents. That search has been called off.

Waters along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts are under a rip current advisory. Rip currents are formed when water moves away from the shoreline. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, rip currents typically form at breaks in sandbars, and also near structures such as jetties and piers.

A change in the water color or a line of foam or seaweed can be signs of a rip current.

If you are caught in a rip current, stay calm, don’t fight the current and swim parallel to the shoreline, waiting for the current to weaken.


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WKRN-TV(WINCHESTER, Tenn.) -- A weekend tribute to veterans in Tennessee went horribly wrong when a skydiver hit a set of power lines before slamming to the ground.

John Pitts, 27, struck the power lines during a Vietnam Memorial Day event -- titled “Red, White and You” -- in Winchester Saturday. Pitts, an experienced skydiver with more than 1,000 jumps, got tangled on the wires before falling.

Thousands of people were attending the show at the time. Some of the attendees started praying after Pitts fell.

The married father of two was airlifted to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Derek Slade was jumping out of the same plane as Pitts and saw the accident play out in front of him.

“It could have been very catastrophic. He’s very lucky it turned out the way it did,” Slade said.

Police and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.


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ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was a guest speaker at Friday’s 21st annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors -- and he sung his heart out.

“I love the fact that you're here but I hate the way you got here,” Dempsey said to the parents at the event in Arlington, Virginia. “I love the fact that you gather once a year and can find solace with each other and friendship with each other and camaraderie with each other.”

Parents were treated to his rendition of “Keep Up Your Head” by Andy Grammer.

For the kids: “The Unicorn Song.”

Dempsey, along with other military officers, also did a medley of Disney songs, including “Let It Go” from Frozen and “You Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story. (Disney is the parent company of ABC News).

This is Dempsey’s fifth year in a row participating -- and he always sings.

“That's become my thing with the kids," Dempsey said, explaining that it's easier for him to "sing with emotion ... than speak with emotion."

“I didn't have a family background in the military but I think that my mom and dad always thought that I should challenge myself. So when I got accepted to West Point, I actually didn't want to go at all,” Dempsey said. “I went home to talk to my mother about it ... and she really wanted me to go to West Point. And I kept fighting it off and finally she burst into tears. And I said, you know what, I can't do that to my mother. So here I am 44 years later. So be careful of your mothers.”

According to its website, TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, offers support to families and friends of military members who died in service.


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Protesters outside of Tower City in Public Square demonstrate in reaction to Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo being acquitted of manslaughter charges after he shot two people at the end of a 2012 car chase in which officers fired 137 shots. Photo by Ricky Rhodes/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Largely peaceful demonstrations following the acquittal of a Cleveland police officer in the killing of an unarmed couple continued Saturday evening, as some groups of people turned more rowdy and police said there were multiple arrests.

Cleveland police made 71 arrests among the protests, police chief Calvin Williams said during a news conference Sunday.

Williams added that the protests on Saturday were largely peaceful, and that city police were not armed with riot gear.

“We only moved in to make arrests when things got violent and protesters refused to disperse,” he said.

Michael Brelo, 31, was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter and a lesser charge of felonious assault in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. Prosecutors said Brelo was one of 13 officers who fired 137 times into the couple's car in the November 2012 shooting.

Among those arrested Saturday night was a man was charged with assault after he allegedly injured a patron at Harry Buffalo's on East Fourth Street when he threw an object through the window, police said.

After a day in which peaceful demonstrators carried signs and chanted after the handed down a not guilty verdict, police reported that some protesters were turning "disruptive."

The protests continued into the evening, when a crowd temporarily blocked downtown street intersections and chanted anti-police slogans. Demonstrators also marched past fans getting out of a Cleveland Indians-Cincinnati Reds game, adding to the congestion throughout the area.


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John Nash and wife Alicia Nash attend the Nobel Laureate Exhibition Reception during the 20th Hamptons International Film Festival at The Maidstone Hotel on October 5, 2012 in East Hampton, New York. Photo by Sonia Moskowitz/Getty Images(MONROE, N.J.) -- Princeton University mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John Nash, whose life was the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, was killed in a taxi crash along with his wife in New Jersey on Saturday.

Nash and Alicia Nash were in a taxi on the New Jersey Turnpike when the driver lost control and crashed into a guard rail, said New Jersey State Police Sgt. Gregory Williams. Nash was 86; his wife was 82.

Authorities don't believe Nash or his wife were wearing seat belts since they were both ejected from the taxi, said Williams. The couple lived in Princeton, New Jersey.

Nash won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994 and worked as a senior research mathematician at Princeton University.

His life story, including his struggles with paranoid schizophrenia, were portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind, which won four Oscars including Best Picture.

"Stunned...my heart goes out to John & Alicia & family. An amazing partnership. Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts," Crowe posted on Twitter Sunday.

The Nashes also became recognized for their work in mental health care advocacy.

Earlier this week, Nash was in Norway to receive the Abel Prize for mathematics, according to NJ.com. The Abel Prize, awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, recognized his work on partial differential equations.

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@shellyygreen/Twitter(TULSA, Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma firefighter was killed attempting a water rescue and about 350 homes were under water in a small Texas town as a large part of the central and southern Plains states remained under a flash flood watch Sunday following a day of powerful storms.

In Claremore, Oklahoma, about 30 miles northeast of Tulsa, firefighter Jason Farley died when he was swept away while attempting a water rescue, said Deputy Chief Matt Wilson of the Claremore Fire Department.

Three to six inches of rain fell in the Oklahoma City metro area, which has had the rainiest 40 days and 40 nights in that city's history as 20.46 inches have fallen.

The National Weather Service said major flooding continued along the Blanco River near Wimberley, Texas, about 40 miles southwest of Austin and 63 miles northeast of San Antonio. Rescues were ongoing in the area, where more than 9 inches of rain was reported as the Blanco River rose 35 feet within a few hours Saturday.

More rain was expected today for areas east of Interstate 35 in the Southern Plains with the rainfall lasting into Memorial Day. A tornado watch was issued for parts of Arkansas and Louisiana until 8 p.m. on Sunday.


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Courtesy Tom Domres(FORT CARSON, Colo.) -- A Minnesota couple is searching for their son, a 20-year-old combat veteran, who hasn't been seen since he went AWOL from a Colorado army base nearly two weeks ago.

Army Spc. Daniel Domres, 20, was last seen May 11 at Fort Carson in Colorado, and is considered AWOL -- absent without leave -- according to ABC News affiliate KSTP-TV in St. Paul, Minnesota.

His father, Tom Domres, of St Louis Park, Minnesota, said he hadn't heard from his son in weeks when he found out he was missing.

"He hadn't called home for Mother's Day," Tom Domres told ABC News on Saturday. "I texted a friend of his in the unit... The guy said, 'I haven't seen Danny in a while, he's listed as AWOL.' At that moment ... everything changed. We were panicked."

Tom Domres said his son always wanted to serve his country, and he signed up for the military when he was 18. But Domres is an Afghanistan combat veteran, and his family is worried he may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Daniel Domres' "personality was different" after Afghanistan, the young man's father said -- he was "not communicative" and withdrew from his friends and family. And since January, Domres has had "sporadic" contact with the family, Tom Domres said.

Since the family learned of Domres' disappearance, Tom Domres has been in Colorado looking for him, he said.

"We're just trying everything we can," Tom Domres said. "It's tough. We just want him to come home or reach out to us... Are you OK? Are you in trouble? We're just really worried."

According to the Missing Warrior Alert Facebook page, Domres may have made a phone call before leaving Fort Carson. His father says he has "some good sources" that Domres may still be in the area.

Domres is described as having blue eyes, brown hair and a scar above his right eye. He stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 155 pounds, according to the Facebook page.

Anyone with information can call the St. Louis Park, Minnesota, police at 952-924-2618.

Officials at Fort Carson did not respond to ABC News' requests for comment.

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New York State Police(NEW YORK) -- A body was found in the Hudson River near where a New York man disappeared while kayaking with his fiancée, who has been accused of murdering him.

New York State police said the body was pulled from the river near West Point Saturday, and was taken to the Orange County medical examiner for autopsy and identification.

Police released no identifying information about the body.

Vincent Viafore, 46, disappeared last month after his kayak capsized. Prosecutors charged Angelika Graswald, 35, with his with second-degree murder last month in connection with his death. The pair were kayaking together on the Hudson River in April when it is alleged that Viafore's kayak filled with water, causing it to capsize.

Police initially said it appeared that Graswald tried to help Viafore, but then charged her two weeks after the incident.

Prosecutors said last month that Graswald, a Latvian national, admitted to investigators that she tampered with Viafore's kayak so that it would take on water.

Prosecutors said Graswald also told police that she watched Viafore struggle in the Hudson's icy waters for several minutes before he went under.

Prosecutors said Graswald admitted to New York State Police it "felt good knowing that he was going to die," and implied that "this was her only way out."

Graswald's motive, as alleged by prosecutors, was two life insurance policies that could benefit her for a total of about $250,000. Graswald even "talked about what she could possibly do with the money," prosecutors said.

Graswald's lawyer said he plans to challenge the alleged confessions.

"We're going to find out whether they indeed happened, whether they were voluntary or forced," Graswald's attorney, Richard Portale, said of the alleged confessions reported by prosecutors. "And it's all going to come out."

Graswald has not yet entered a plea. Her bail has been set at $3 million.


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People march in protest to the Cuddell Recreation Center where Tamir Rice was killed, in reaction to Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo being acquitted of manslaughter charges after he shot two people at the end of a 2012 car chase in which officers fired 137 shots May 23, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Ricky Rhodes/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Cuyahoga County Judge John O'Donnell Saturday acquitted Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo in the 2012 shooting deaths of two unarmed people. But why was the decision announced at the start of Memorial Day Weekend?

"The decision to announce the verdict in this high-profile case on a holiday weekend was not made lightly," Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Administrative and Presiding Judge John J. Russo said in a statement.

"The prime consideration was to not delay the reading of the verdict any longer than necessary," the statement added. "While the wait was difficult for many, it was especially hard on the parties involved in the case and their families. Once Judge O’Donnell reached his verdict and finished writing his opinion, he and the Court wanted to let the parties know the decision as quickly as possible.

"It was agreed that by announcing it on a Saturday morning, the potential for downtown traffic issues and the resulting impact on the community could also be lessened," the statement said.

Russo also wrote: "On this Memorial Day Weekend, we honor and thank those who served our nation and paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms and rights that we enjoy."

Brelo was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter and a lesser charge of felonious assault in the shooting deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, as O'Donnell said he couldn't determine whether the officer alone fired the fatal shots at the end of a 137-bullet barrage.

O'Donnell ruled that Brelo's use of deadly force was constitutionally reasonable based on how the events unfolded.

"It was reasonable, despite knowing now that there was no gun in the car and he was mistaken about the origin of the gunshots," he said.

Prosecutors said Brelo, 31, was one of 13 officers who fired 137 times into the couple's car in the November 2012 shooting. The 22-mile, high-speed chase through Cleveland began when an officer tried pulling over Russell for a turn signal violation. His car backfired while speeding away, causing officers to think someone in the car had fired a gun.

No gun was ever found in the car. Russell and Williams were each shot more than 20 times.

Brelo was the only officer charged criminally because prosecutors said he intended to kill Russell, 43, and Williams, 30, alleging that he reloaded during the shooting barrage and that it was his final salvo that killed the couple.

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