Murder of a police officer

January 17, 2011 12:55:37 PM PST
Last week, it was the senseless deadly rampage in Arizona. Tonight, it's the senseless murder in New Jersey. Of a cop.

A vigil tonight in Lakewood, where Chris Matlosz was shot three times in the head, allegedly by Jahmell Crockam.

A 27-year-old gunned down by a 19-year-old. That's the scenario police have laid out in a brutal execution-style murder. Cops say Matlosz pulled up to the curb to ask Crockam a question, or questions, it's not clear which. Witnesses say it didn't take long for Crockam to take a step back, pull out a gun, and start shooting.

What the two men talked about, we just don't know. We do know that Crockam was wanted for a skipping bail on a weapons charge - although it's unclear, and perhaps unlikely, that Officer Matlosz knew that at the time. If he did, it seems improbable that he would have stayed in the driver's seat of his police cruiser, which is where he was shot.

Lucy Yang, who has been covering the aftermath of the shooting all weekend, is at the vigil for us, tonight at 11.

Meanwhile, as lawmakers get back to business in Washington, fallout from the Tucson shooting continues. Will the new Republican-controlled House keep its "job-killing" language in the bill to overturn health care reform? There was some talk of changing "killing" to "destroying." Not much of a change, in terms of the health care debate - but something of a change in tone.

And if Repubs are savvy, they might take a look at tonight's new ABC News/Washington Post poll that shows 78 percent approving of the way Pres. Obama responded to the shootings - a remarkable number. (By contrast, only 30 percent approved of the response by the woman who apparently wants to be the next President, Sarah Palin.)

The poll comes out as doctors report more improvement in the condition of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. She is apparently smiling at her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Diane Sawyer talked to Kelly for a special broadcast of 20/20 on Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. on Channel 7. We'll have the latest, at 11.

We're also keeping an eye on Apple, as the giant computer company tries to push ahead while its CEO Steve Jobs takes a medical leave of absence. This will be Mr. Jobs' second medical leave in two years. He received a liver transplant in 2009 (he also was treated for pancreatic cancer in 2003.).

In Europe, where the markets were open today, Apple stock closed down 8% - such is the perceived importance of Jobs to the company. He is, according to ABC News senior business producer Dan Arnell, "a visionary - easily considered a modern-day Edison, Ford or Disney. He is a builder and cultural influencer who is rarely surpassed in his reach."

And so his loss will surely be felt. We still don't know exactly why Jobs is taking a leave, or for how long he'll be gone.

And our Jim Dolan tonight takes us to a rock 'n roll fantasy camp, where peeps spend thousands to sing and strum with some of rock's biggest names. They go this camp, and then perform at a club. Jim's at B.B. King's in midtown Manhattan tonight to see the end product.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Jeff Smith (in for Lee Goldberg) with another bout of nasty weather coming in tonight that threatens to make for a dangerous morning commute, and Rob Powers with the night's sports, including reaction to the Jets' improbable win last night over the team that had football's best record, the Patriots. The Jets are once again only one playoff win away from the Super Bowl. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.


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