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    dotr Well-Known Member

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    http://www.cp24.com/world/cops-crew...struck-by-crossfire-during-shootout-1.1980349

    "Published Thursday, August 28, 2014 5:51AM EDT

    OMAHA, Neb. -- 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.

    In the chaotic scene that unfolded, one crew member was struck by "friendly fire" from one of the officers, a bullet slipping past his bulletproof vest and killing him, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said Wednesday. The robbery suspect was also killed. The weapon he was carrying turned out to be a pellet gun, though it looked and sounded so real that both witnesses and officers were fooled, Schmaderer said.

    Bryce Dion, 38, of Boston, the audio supervisor for "Cops," is the first crew member of the long-running TV show to be killed while filming police in action, executives with the show's production company said. Police identified the robbery suspect as 32-year-old Cortez Washington, who was on parole from Missouri for a robbery conviction.

    Schmaderer told reporters that police and prosecutors have reviewed the "Cops" video of Tuesday's shooting and found that the officers "had no choice" but to open fire, though a grand jury will still be tasked with investigating".

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    Sorry for all involved, no one at fault imo. except the poi, on parole, armed robber. jmo.
     
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    "It is the first time a crew member for "COPS" has been killed in the documentary-style show's 25-year-old history, said co-creator John Langley, who attended the press conference with his father and co-creator Morgan Langley. Dion, a single and private man who grew up near Boston, Massachusetts, worked on the TV series for seven years and recently had been promoted to sound supervisor, John Langley said.

    "He really is one of our best," he added. "This is a hard time for us. He's a very talented guy and he did something that he loved and was passionate about. We're very fortunate that over the years we've never had an incident like this. Unfortunately, it happened and we're dealing with it."

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/crime-c...yce-dion-killed-omaha-police-shootout-n190301
     
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