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Cops Kill TV Crew Member During Robbery
A crew member with the long-running TV show Cops has been shot dead by police while recording officers trying to foil a robbery.
Sound operator Bryce Dion, 38, died from a gunshot wound when police opened fire, hitting him by mistake.
The robbery suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington, was also shot dead by police.
The incident began when a police officer responded to a request for back up at a Wendy's store in Omaha, Nebraska.
Two Cops crew members were with the officer, and accompanied police as they entered the restaurant.
As police confronted the suspect, Mr Dion, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, became separated from his cameraman.
Officers then fired upon Washington as he fled the restaurant. He collapsed and died of his injuries.
Police later discovered that Washington was armed with a pellet gun, which officers thought was a real handgun.
Police Chief Todd Schmaderer told a press conference that during the gunfight, a single bullet also struck Mr Dion's arm, "slipped into a gap in the vest" and went into his chest.
Mr Schmaderer defended the actions of police, saying his officers reacted properly.
"My concern with my officers is that they are taking this very hard. Bryce was their friend," he said.
Cops is a Fox reality TV programme which shows law enforcement officers in action. It has been filmed in at least 140 US cities.
The executive producer of Langley Productions, which carries out work for the show, said the crew only had one week of filming left when the shooting occurred.
"Bryce has been with us for seven years. This is very hard for us," said Morgan Langley.
In 2010, a TV crew for the reality show The First 48 filmed a Detroit police raid in which a seven-year-old girl was accidentally killed by police.
The incident highlighted concerns about whether TV cameras influence the behaviour of police by encouraging showboating.