Cops TV Crew Member Killed in Police Shooting
Robbery suspect also shot dead at a Wendy's in Omaha
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2014 3:56 PM CDT
A crime lab technician walks past bullet-riddled windows at a Wendy's in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

(Newser) – Another high-profile police shooting is in the news, this time because a crew member of the reality TV show Cops got killed while filming it. Omaha police also killed a robbery suspect at a Wendy's restaurant during last night's shooting, reports the Omaha World-Herald. It all unfolded as officers responded to a robbery in progress at the restaurant. Three officers entered the Wendy's and opened fire when the suspect fired his weapon at them, says the police chief. The suspect's weapon turned out to be a pellet gun. As the wounded suspect fled outside, the officers continued shooting and struck Cops crew member Bryce Dion, who was there filming, reports AP.

"Officers had no choice but to respond in the manner in which they did," said chief Todd Schmaderer, who reviewed Cops' video of the shooting, reports KETV. Both Dion, 38, and suspect Cortez Washington, 32, died of their injuries at the hospital. The TV show has been filming in the city for most of the summer. "Bryce Dion was a long term member of the Cops team and very talented and dedicated person," says a statement from Langley Productions. "We mourn his passing." A grand jury will investigate the shooting.

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Aug 28, 2014 5:37 PM CDT
Considering some of the ignorant comments here , there seem to be a lot of people whose only experience with pellet guns is with some low-end piece of junk by Daisy, with no power. Decently-made airguns have been used to take big game for centuries. Lewis & Clark killed elk, deer & bear with theirs, and those hi-power ones are still sold today. My .22 pellet rifle can kill a man at 50 yards if a face-shot presents itself. Spend more money, and bear or wild boar hunting is possible. For those fools who think it's easy to tell a pellet gun from a real one -- Look at these photos and tell me they don't look like real pistols, even if you have more than a split-second to make up your mind. Every one is a pellet gun:
Aug 28, 2014 2:46 PM CDT
Most comments seem to be missiing this line in the story... " As the wounded suspect fled outside, the officers continued shooting and struck Cops crew member Bryce Dion, who was there filming...". If he is fleeing, it would appear that a wounding or tazing would have been more appropriate and more than sufficent. Was he shot in the back?
Aug 28, 2014 10:42 AM CDT
When can we watch the episode?