Omaha police bullet kills 'Cops' film crew member

Omaha police bullet kills 'Cops' film crew member

When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When the call came from an officer who needed help facing an armed robber at a fast-food restaurant, two members of a reality television show riding along with Omaha police hustled to record the confrontation.

Within minutes, one crew member was dying from a bullet shot by an officer.

Thirty-eight-year-old Bryce Dion of Boston was the audio supervisor for "Cops." He's the first crew member of the long-running TV show ever killed while filming police in action.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says Dion's death was a tragedy, but that police acted properly.

The shooting also killed the robbery suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington. The weapon he was carrying turned out to be a pellet gun. But Schmaderer says it seemed so real that both witnesses and officers were fooled.

 

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