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copsOMAHA, NE – Bryce Dion, a crew member for the reality show ‘Cops’, died after getting shot during the filming of a shoot-out last night.

The incident happened just after 9 p.m. after police responded to a Wendy’s restaurant where there was reportedly a man with a gun robbing the restaurant.

When police arrived, they engaged 32-year-old Cortez Washington inside the building and ended up firing at least 30 shots after Washington fired a handgun at the officers. Washington was hit multiple times and died after stumbling into the parking lot. Dion, a 38-year-old sound mixer who was holding a microphone, was also hit by gunfire and collapsed inside the building.

After the shooting, an officer can be heard on police audio reporting: “We have one of the ‘Cops’ guys has been hit by gunfire; we need a squad here now.” Shortly after, a man says: “We’ve got a ‘Cops’ cameraman hit, white male, he’s not conscious, he’s slightly breathing.”

You can listen to the audio here.

It’s now being reported that Dion has died. It has also been revealed that Dion was shot by a police officer. Turns out the suspect, a parolee from Kansas, was carrying an Airsoft pistol.

“We have a lot of ground to cover here tonight and officers will continue the investigation throughout the night,” Deputy Chief Dave Baker said in a statement. More details are expected to be revealed during a 2:30 p.m. conference (which is about to start).

In a statement, Langley Productions said:

“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.”

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  • itsknotme

    Press 1 for Cops Subtitles in English. Press 2 for Cops Subtitles in …

  • CT

    This show is still on?

  • MrClayton


  • Zibarro aka Kryssa

    For now …. though maybe not for long :-/

  • MrClayton

    Poof sounds just like BANG!…and my son has an airsoft and it does not produce a flash. It is co2 powered. where does the flash come from? That statement makes them look stupid.

  • Stormclouds

    … never bring a fake gun to a gunfight. Also, whoever shot this guy needs target training.

  • Sejanus

    I always wondered when this was going to happen.
    Oddly it is why I stopped watching it years ago, but don’t get me wrong..there is no smugness about this at all.
    It is very tragic.

    Cortez Washington eh?
    Didn’t discover a fountain of youth or do anything constructive for a country.
    Just tried to get free shit with a toy that he hoped would scare people..looks like it worked.

  • Kamakzie

    One terrible incident in 26 seasons. They have that going for them, but this might end the show.

  • King A sshole

    I wish this would happen more so reality television will go away.

  • Texas Ranger

    Heck Yeah! They even have “Cops Reloaded” now…which is a highlight reel show of cool busts.

  • Texas Ranger

    I imagine someone points a gun at you in a dark building, you hear “bang” all over the place.

  • Buffettgirl

    “Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
    Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
    Bad boys, bad boys whatcha gonna do?
    Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?…”

  • Awww… I’m not a reality TV show fan, but COPS is classic. All the music that references it… all the variations of “No, my buddy/girlfriend/aunt’s second cousin/that homeless person down the street/your mom loaned me this car…”

    I wish someone died on the set of How To Catch A Predator. That shit needs to be cancelled. Makes me uncomfortable. I have serious character concerns about people who watch it frequently.

  • t0ofIy

    Makes you wonder how the cameraman was shot. Was he in front of the cops? Seems odd. I won’t make a judgment call until we know more but… I remember the video from the bank robbery in California a month or two back. The bad guys had a hostage and there were a dozen cops riddling their car with bullets. Bad guys and hostage died. Ballistics proved the hostage was killed by police and the video shows they didn’t give two shits about her. They were just shooting indiscriminately.

  • laurablue87

    Wait, How to Catch a Predator is still on?! Where and when?! Not that I watch it. My mom’s friend’s neighbor’s…..guy dude wanted to know. *checks guide*

  • t3chsupport

    2 of my mom’s ex boyfriends have been on Cops. One of them twice.

  • JohnQknowitall

    I guess because he wasn’t an actual cop and it was television he didn’t need protective gear. What could possibly have gone wrong?

  • thebossessecretary

    I can’t get that goddamn music out of my head now.

  • thebossessecretary

    Wrong place, wrong time, guy. Hang around a disaster long enough, you’ll be part of it.

  • Bladenukem

    Wow, dying with a boom mic clutched in his hands during a shootout, shot to death by the very men he idolized. I can’t think of a worse way to die.

  • GemGirl7

    The article that I read stated that all members of the filming crew wear bulletproof vests, but the projectile entered his armpit through the gap there. Poor guy.

  • So who were the bad guys in the end?

  • 1DireWolf

    That sucks.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Stay tuned for our next exciting spinoff, “Cops – Killed in action.” We expect rave reviews!

  • Taster’sChoice

    Have a friend who went on a camping trip with some friends and this one character that came along was stealing stuff and acting strangely. Come to find out 6 months later that the dude was featured on America’s Most Wanted. OMG!! Talk about small world.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Nobody now give you bre-gake – Police don’t give you no break. lol. That’s what it sounds like to me anyway. Loves me some Cops. Show anyway.

  • Taster’sChoice

    Really? She sounds like she is high maintenance and selective easy to please!

  • Taster’sChoice

    NO? I can think of plenty; most of which are featured in these very pages. I’m going to go with any of the falling into heavy machinery and succumbing to it. The wood chipper comes to mind, as does the falling into the vat of shit story or commercial cooking gear.

  • Taster’sChoice

    According to the linked article, one “Cops” television crew member accompanying responding officers was also struck by gunfire and later died. He was identified as Bryce Dion, 38. “It was an officer’s round that struck Mr. Dion,” Schmaderer said.


  • Bladenukem

    What about the guy that fisted that woman and came up with a piece of her stomach? I think she survived that but she probably asks herself why everyday.

  • patrickdh10

    Not true, there has been several terrible incidents, notably when the “Cops” during filming bashed in the door of the wrong apartment with guns a-blazing and shot to death a baby who was sleeping on a couch with her grandmother a few years ago, in Baltimore I believe but could be wrong. It has been suggested in some quarters filming these type of shows encourage violence by police for ‘Good TV’ and ratings. Better ratings equal better sponsors which mean bigger payouts. Personally I think they should outlaw these type of reality shows,put cameras on the officers and use that footage for tv,if there has to be a show.

  • Kamakzie

    Do you remember the heavy set lady with the butcher knife and cops tackled her and she fell on the knife?

  • That wasn’t Cops, that was the show First 48.

  • DeweyCheatam

    One of my faves! And that crazy bitch survived and it was a BIG knife!

  • Ricky

    I’m fucking shot!