A “Cops” crew member was one of the two men killed during a robbery in progress at a Wendy’s restaurant.
Omaha police were responding to a robbery in progress at a local Little Caesar’s Pizza restaurant on Saddle Creek. Officers then called for backup at the Wendy’s restaurant at 43rd and Dodge, where they encountered Cortez Washington who was armed with a gun. Officers Brooks Riley and Jason Wilhelm arrived accompanied by the Cops crew, in town shooting for an upcoming show.
According to witnesses, Washington shot at officers with a handgun that turned out to be an Airsoft pellet gun. COPS Audio supervisor Bryce Dion captured the images that would be his last as during the firefight was fatally shot by a police officer.
The Cops production company, Langley Productions, issued the following statement Wednesday:
“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.”