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‘Cops’ crew member killed in Omaha police shooting

August 28, 2014 • Entertainment


Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer pauses during a news conference at police headquarters in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, with Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert, left. Bryce Dion, a sound technician with the “Cops” television show who was embedded with Omaha police, was killed on Tuesday during an armed robbery at a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant. The armed robber was shot and died as well. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police officers who opened fire while disrupting a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha killed a crew member with the TV show “Cops” as well as the suspect, who was armed with a pellet gun that they thought was a real handgun, authorities said Wednesday.

The suspect fired from the pellet gun before officers returned fire, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a news conference. He said witnesses and officers thought the robbery suspect’s Airsoft handgun looked and sounded real, but discovered later that it fires only plastic pellets.

The suspect, whom police identified as 32-year-old Cortez Washington, was Login to read more

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