Cops Crew Member: Killed By Police Filming Omaha Shootout

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A crew member on the long-running reality show Cops was shot and killed after Omaha, Nebraska police officers opened fire on a robbery suspect.

Bryce Dion, 38, was wearing a bulletproof vest at the time but a bullet "slipped into a gap" in the arm and entered his chest, police said, killing him.

The crew member was transported to the hospital, where he passed away.

Dion was a sound operator on Cops for seven years. Police also killed robbery suspect Cortez Washington, who was on parole from prison.

"This is very hard for us," producer Morgan Langley, who hired Dion, said.

Dion and a cameraman were with two officers who responded to a call for backup at a fast-food restaurant in Omaha, Neb., and raced to the scene.

Washington fired a pellet gun, which police and witnesses thought was real.

Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said police fired back and Washington was struck by officers' gunfire but fled outside of the restaurant before collapsing.

Dion was struck as police continued to fire on Washington as he tried to bolt. The Omaha World-Herald reported police fired at least 30 shots during the incident.

The Chief said officers were "taking this very hard ... Bryce was their friend."

Cops follows police officers while they are on-duty. The show has featured law enforcement personnel from at least 140 cities and three other countries.