UPDATED: Omaha Police Department’s Chief Todd Schmaderer led a news conference Wednesday where he said that 38-year-old Cops crew member Bryce Dion was killed by gunfire while he was documenting the Omaha Police Department’s response to an armed robbery at Wendy’s. Robbery suspect Cortez Washington, 32, was also killed by gunfire.
According to Schmaderer, witnesses said Washington shot at officers first, and the officers then returned fire. Schmaderer said Washington was able to flee to the parking lot, where he collapsed, and that Dion was injured by one gunshot and collapsed inside the Wendy’s doorway. Both Washington and Dion were transported to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead shortly after arriving.
“The investigation is in the early stages, but we felt it was imperative to brief the public with as much information as we have at this time,” Schmaderer said. “We are striving for unprecedented transparency in this investigation.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Bryce Dion, a sound mixer for the Spike TV show Cops, died Tuesday night while filming a stand-off between police and a robbery suspect in Omaha, Neb.
“We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy and our main concern is helping the family in any way we can,” Langley Productions, the company behind Cops, said in a statement. “Bryce Dion was a long term member of the Cops team and a very talented and dedicated person.”
According to the Omaha Police Department, the robbery suspect fired at the police officers, who then “returned fire.” The details of how Dion died are not immediately available, but the police department held a press conference at 3:30 p.m. ET about the shooting. Details will be available soon.