'COPS' crew member killed in shootout

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:37am

An audio technician for the long-running reality show "COPS" is dead after being caught in the crossfire of a police shootout in Omaha, Nebraska.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer identified the two men killed during a robbery Tuesday night as 32-year-old Cortez Washington, the suspect, and 38-year-old Bryce Dion, an audio supervisor with the television show "COPS".

Both were killed by police gunfire.

"The officers had no choice other than to respond in the way that they did," Chief Schmaderer said.

Schmaderer said according to witnesses, the suspect discharged a handgun that turned out to be an Airsoft pellet gun. He says witnesses reported hearing the gun and seeing the recoil.

"The first two audible shots were from Mr. Washington's gun," the chief said.

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