Dispatch Audio of TV Show “COPS” Struck by Gunfire While Working with Omaha Police

Published on Aug 30, 2014 by firefighter dispatch

Omaha PD involved shooting audio. Cops soundman struck.

Article from NYtimes.com

“Officials said that Mr. Dion, 38, was accidentally shot when officers opened fire on the robbery suspect, who they believed had fired at them. The officers later found that the suspect, Cortez Washington, 32, had shot a pellet gun, not a real firearm, the Omaha police said.

“I can tell you that nobody wanted Bryce to get hurt. Nobody wanted anybody to get hurt,” Chief Todd Schmaderer said at a news conference on Wednesday afternoon. “Police work is very dangerous and very chaotic. When you’re reporting police work and riding along with us, unfortunately, you subject yourself to that same level of violence that Omaha police officers do every day.”

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“Around 9:20 p.m. on Tuesday, the police said, Officer Cunningham called for backup for a robbery in progress at the Wendy’s restaurant. The two other officers arrived, along with the “Cops” film crew, and three witnesses inside the restaurant said they saw Mr. Washington discharge a handgun at two of the officers, Chief Schmaderer said. The officers returned fire and shot Mr. Washington multiple times before he collapsed in the parking lot.Mr. Dion was shot once when the suspect began to exit the building and the officers fired at him, Chief Schmaderer said. Mr. Dion had become stuck in the vestibule and collapsed near the doorway. When the officers recovered the suspect’s weapon, they saw that it was not a real handgun. Based on the video footage from the restaurant, the police chief said the officers had no choice but to act in the manner that they did.

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