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Staffer on 'Cops' TV show shot in Omaha has now died

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Staffer on 'Cops' TV show shot in Omaha has now died

By Matthew Peters. CREATED Aug 27, 2014

Police in Omaha, Nebraska, responded to a robbery at a Wendy's Tuesday night, when shots were fired. The suspect in the robbery was shot, and died at the hospital Tuesday night. A person working on the television show "Cops" was also hit and transported to a hospital, where he died Wednesday morning, according to local newspaper the World-Herald's site, Omaha.com. The "Cops" staffer has been identified as Bryce Dion. His job on the crew was reportedly holding the microphone.

Omaha.com reports, "More than 30 shots were fired, officials said. The fatal shots apparently were fired by an Omaha police officer. Officials said it appears the only shots fired came from police. Officials said the robbery suspect apparently had an Airsoft gun, a type of gun that often looks like an actual firearm."

The robbery suspect was a parolee from Kansas, Omaha.com reports.

Police continued to investigate the scene and gather evidence early Wednesday morning.

The production company behind “Cops,” Santa Monica, California-based Langley Productions, issued the following statement, according to KMTV Action 3 News:

“We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy and our main concern is helping his family in any way we can. Bryce Dion was a long term member of the ‘Cops’ team and [a] very talented and dedicated person. We mourn his passing. An investigation is ongoing and we are cooperating with local authorities.”

The show has been shooting in Omaha since early July.

Tuesday night, Deputy Chief Dave Baker gave the following statement:

“At approximately 9:20 hours this evening officers discovered an armed robbery in progress at the Wendy’s on 43rd and Dodge. Initial officer radioed for back up, other officers arrived. There were shots fired at that time. No Omaha police employees are injured. ... After the shots fired, there were two persons transported by squad to University of Nebraska Medical Center. The suspect in the armed robbery has since been declared deceased at the hospital. The other person transported to the hospital at that time was an employee of the 'Cops' television program and we will have more word on his condition as well as any other details on this tomorrow ... morning. ... The investigation is ongoing. We have a lot of ground to cover here tonight and officers will continue the investigation throughout the night.”

A Twitter user known for following police activity, @MeanStreetsOMA, posted audio recorded from scanner traffic related to the officer-involved shooting. Listen to the three minute clip here.

KMTV Action 3 News is keeping this developing story updated here.