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'Cops' Crew Member

Killed By 'Friendly Fire' ...

Shot by Omaha Cop

8/27/2014 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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082714_cops_presser_launch_v2Omaha police say the "Cops" crew member who was shot and killed during a police shootout with an armed robbery suspect was hit by gunfire from police ... NOT from the suspect's weapon.

Omaha PD just held a news conference to discuss the details surrounding the death of Bryce Dion -- a sound supervisor who was part of a 2-person "Cops" camera crew. They called it a tragic case of "friendly fire."

According to police ... Dion and his partner were riding with a patrol unit that responded to the armed robbery call at a Wendy's. Police say Dion was in the entryway of the restaurant when the suspect fired shots ... and police returned fire with multiple rounds.

Investigators say Dion was caught in the crossfire ... hit by a bullet or bullets from a police weapon. They say Dion was wearing an armored vest, but the bullet went through the arm hole of the vest.

Omaha PD was also adamant -- the officers were NOT showing off for the camera when they opened fire on the suspect -- who also died from gunshot wounds.

Police say the suspect was firing an Airsoft pellet gun ... something the responding officers didn't know at the time. 

'Cops' creator John Langley was at the news conference and said other crew members -- who've been taping in Omaha for 2 months -- are getting counseling. Police released still images from the 'Cops' camera footage.

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31.

retro kiddo    

When's the riot??

27 days ago
32.

ladyvil    

Not 'showing off,' really?! It was either that or possibly very nervous energy which caused the gun to fire; either way, very sad!

27 days ago
33.

nipples mugee    

Oh my.

27 days ago
34.

nipples mugee    

Start the looting.

27 days ago
35.

Morton Lipshitz    

In Cleveland, about 30 cops cars chased a motorist into the neighboring town of East Cleveland and fired many bullets into the fleeing car killing the occupants. They were chased because a cop heard a "shot" come from the car. A "shot" did come from the car . The"shot " was discovered to the backfire of the car the police- murdered victims!

27 days ago
36.

BillyBob Again    

now one has to be very sophisticated here with public words:
1. black camera man shot by white team member = racism, new riots in da ghetto, Nelly collects money for Memorial Fund

2. white camera man shot by black team member = a tragic accident, no Memorial Fund

3. white camera man shot by white team member = sh*t happens

27 days ago
37.

nipples mugee    

Does anyone get nervous when a cop drives behind you even though you've done nothing wrong?

27 days ago
38.

Jordak    

Cue Rev. Al Sharpton!

27 days ago
39.

Bison    

Now that's REALITY t.v. too bad the Krudtashians can't have something like that happen.

27 days ago
40.

Tiff-n-VA    

So damn sad

27 days ago
41.

pee pee    

Bad boy bad boy what u gonna do when They come 4u

27 days ago
42.

FreaKKa    

Bad cop bad cop watcha gonna do watcha gonna do when your in knee-deep poo poo!

27 days ago
43.

CCC    

Funny how people complain about the cops, but have little to say about the criminals.

27 days ago
44.

ceddy    

The police academy would benefit from upping its requirements

27 days ago
45.

Robert    

Sure reads like the Omaha police need some serious firearms and situation awareness training. With an Airsoft gun there is no "cross-fire". Tragic for the film crew.

27 days ago
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