“Cops” Crew Member Dies After Being Shot By Police

A 38-year-old man was shot and killed while filming police in Omaha, Neb., responding to an armed robbery. The suspect was also killed.

1. Bryce Dion, a 38-year-old crew member for the long-running TV series Cops, was shot and killed Tuesday night while filming a shootout between three Omaha police and an armed robbery suspect at a Wendy’s restaurant, police said.

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3. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said on Wednesday the robbery suspect opened fire first and the officers had no choice but to respond. The suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington, was also killed.

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4. Omaha police revealed stills from a video of the incident and an image of the gun used by the suspect.

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5. The suspect shot at police with a pellet gun that looked and sounded real, said Schmaderer .

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6. Police said Dion was struck once in the Wendy’s entryway after Washington tried to flee the scene. He was wearing a bulletproof vest, but was hit in an unprotected area on the arm. Dion was shot by a police officer, the Associated Press reports.

“My concern with my officers is that they are taking this very hard,” Schmaderer said. “Bryce was their friend.”

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8. Dion worked on Cops for seven years and had recently been promoted, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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I'm counting about 17 bullet holes through the windows. Dion is believed to have been standing near the left window.

— Jake Wasikowski (@jakewasikowski)
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10. Cops premiered in 1989. After a 24 year run on FOX, the show was cancelled and recently picked up by Spike TV.

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