published Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

'Cops' crew member killed in Omaha police shooting

In this Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, photo, police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Omaha.
In this Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, photo, police are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Omaha.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

OMAHA, Neb. — A crew member with "Cops" was killed when Omaha police opened fire on a robbery suspect who also died, the production company behind the television show said Wednesday.

Police say the shooting happened Tuesday night after officers interrupted a robbery at a fast-food restaurant in midtown Omaha. Police say an officer saw a man robbing the restaurant about 9:20 p.m. and called for backup.

Police have not said what happened immediately before the shooting began or whether the suspect was fatally wounded by police gunfire. But officials are planning a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

No officers were hit, and police said no other suspects are being sought.

Langley Productions spokeswoman Pam Golum said Wednesday that Bryce Dion is the crew member who died. Langley Productions is based in Santa Monica, California.

"We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy and our main concern is helping his family in any way we can," Golum said. "Bryce Dion was a long term member of the 'COPS' team and very talented and dedicated person."

Dion and the robbery suspect were taken to Nebraska Medical Center just a few blocks away, where they both later died.

"Cops" is a reality TV show that depicts law enforcement officers in action. According to its website, the show has been filmed in at least 140 U.S. cities and three foreign counties.

Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said in June that allowing "Cops" access to film in the city was part of his department's effort to improve its relationship with the public.

"I am proud of the department and want the professionalism of our officers on display for the city and world to see," Schmaderer had said.

Department spokeswoman Lt. Darci Tierney declined to provide any new information before a news conference scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

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