Networks Break In for Capture of Ahmad Rahami

By Chris Ariens 

Just as President Obama finished his remarks from New York about the terror attacks in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, the prime suspect in those attacks was being captured in Linden, N.J.

The broadcast networks all broke in with special reports for Obama’s remarks, but quickly pivoted to the dramatic capture of 28-year-old Ahmad Rahami, who lived in nearby Elizabeth, N.J. Rahami was shot. Two police officers were also shot and injured.

Norah O’Donnell anchored a special report on CBS, Kate Snow anchored on NBC, Bill Hemmer anchored on Fox stations, and George Stephanopolos anchored on ABC, which had video of Rahami being taken away by ambulance, via New York station WABC.

As the local stations were covering the breaking news of Rahami’s shooting and capture, most of the network coverage was pre-empted. WNBC did join NBC’s in progress.

As is often the case, the first reports of the capture came on Twitter: