Bryce Dion, a crew member on police reality show COPS, has been shot dead after Nebraska police opened fire on a robbery suspect.
Bryce Dion, 38, was wearing a bulletproof vest but the bullet that hit him “slipped into a gap” in the arm and entered his chest, police said.
He was a sound operator on COPS for seven years, the show’s producer said.
Police also killed the robbery suspect, Cortez Washington, who was on parole from prison.
“This is very hard for us,” Morgan Langley, who hired Bryce Dion, said at a press conference on August 27.
COPS is a long-running TV series that follows police officers while they are on-duty. The show has featured police forces from at least 140 US cities and three other countries.
Bryce Dion and a cameraman were with two officers who responded to a call for backup at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha.
Washington fired a pellet gun, which police and witnesses thought was a real weapon, Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said.
Todd Schmaderer told reporters police fired back and Washington was struck by officers’ gunfire but fled outside of the restaurant before collapsing.
Bryce Dion was struck as police continued to fire on Washington as he left the restaurant.
The Omaha World-Herald reported police fired at least 30 shots during the incident.
Todd Schmaderer said his officers were “taking this very hard” as “Bryce was their friend”.
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