LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Bryce Dion, a “Cops” cameraman crew member, was shot dead during filming in Omaha today August 27, 2014. An officer involved shooting in Omaha was being filmed for the reality TV show “Cops”. And during the gunfire, Bryce Dion, Cops’ cameraman, was fatally shot. Officials now tell news that all three officers that allegedly exchanged fire during the Cops shooting 2014 today have been put on administrative leave. A grand jury has been convened. And the entire shooting death of Bryce Dion was reporting filmed.
Who shot Bryce Dion? Officials tell news that the Cops shooting involved an alleged exchange of fire between officers and a suspect(s). During that exchange, one officer allegedly suffered non fatal gunshot wound(s). Officials tell news that the entire exchange, while certainly too violent for broadcast TV standards, was filmed by the production company. And in the end, the company’s cameraman was shot dead, and his shooting death was captured on tape.
Langley Productions, which debuted Cops in 1989, issued a news statement today that read “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 very talented and dedicated person. We mourn his passing. An investigation is ongoing and we are cooperating with local authorities.”
Omaha officials are currently holding a press conference as well. The show initially aired on Cops but has since moved to Spike. Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer, according to tweets by Action3News, just said “It has been determined that Mr. Washington’s handgun is an airsoft pistol…We are striving for unprecedented transparency in this investigation”.
The Chief claims that the shooting was captured on film. Action3News tweeted the Chief reporting “Portions of the shootout were captured…the video footage is evidence in the investigation…. [Bullet] came in the left arm and slipped in an open area of the vest [referring to Dion’s wound].” He added “This is an unfortunate incident & I do not believe it should be viewed as anything other than that. ”