OMAHA, Neb. — A crew member working on a taping of “Cops” was shot and killed by a police officer during a robbery in Omaha, Nebraska.
Bryce Dion, an audio technician, is the first member of the “Cops” production staff killed in the show’s 25-year history.
The production company behind “Cops,” Langley Productions, said in a statement that it was “deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy and our main concern is helping his family in any way we can.”
38-year-old Dion had been in Omaha all summer helping with the production of future “Cops” episodes.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer described Dion as a friend to the officers that he’d been embedded with.
“This is as if we lost one of our own,” Schmaderer said. “That is the grieving process we’re going through right now.”
Dion and a cameraman were traveling with officers who responded to a robbery inside a Wendy’s restaurant Tuesday night. The chief said the suspect fired two shots at officers, who responded with a barrage of gunfire.
One shot hit Dion, who was crouched in a corner. The suspect was also killed.
It was later discovered the suspect had a pellet gun that fired plastic bullets.
Now, as an investigation ensues, the cameraman’s footage has become evidence.