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TV show employee killed in Omaha shootout

TV show employee killed in Omaha shootout

By George Lawson. CREATED Aug 28, 2014

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.

Within minutes, one crew member was dying from a bullet shot by an officer.

Thirty-eight-year-old Bryce Dion of Boston was the audio supervisor for ``Cops.'' He's the first crew member of the long-running TV show ever killed while filming police in action.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says Dion's death was a tragedy, but that police acted properly.

The shooting also killed the robbery suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington. The weapon he was carrying turned out to be a pellet gun. But Schmaderer says it seemed so real that both witnesses and officers were fooled. 

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Springfield, Missouri Police Chief Paul Williams says the television show ``Cops'' has ended filming in Springfield early after one of the program's employees was shot to death in Omaha, Nebraska.

Williams says crews with Langley Productions were scheduled to film in the city through the end of this week but stopped filming after the shooting in Nebraska.

The decision came after a sound mixer for the show was shot to death Tuesday by officers in Omaha who were responding to a robbery. The alleged robber also was killed.

Williams said Wednesday no problems had been reported during the show's filming in Springfield this summer. He says the program also filmed in Springfield in 2011 and it was a positive experience that was popular with the public.