WICHITA, Kansas – The “Cops” reality show is scheduled to be in Wichita in a couple of weeks, but it is still unclear if it will happen after a crew member was killed.
Bryce Dion of Boston was accidentally shot when police tried to stop an armed robbery suspect in Omaha.
Dion of Boston was the audio supervisor for “Cops.” He’s the first crew member of the long-running TV show ever killed while filming police in action.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer says Dion’s death was a tragedy, but that police acted properly.
The shooting also killed the robbery suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington. The weapon he was carrying turned out to be a pellet gun.
Wichita police say they’ve been in contact with the producers since the incident to offer their condolences, but they haven’t brought up the Wichita taping because it is such a sensitive time for those involved with the show. But Schmaderer says it seemed so real that both witnesses and officers were fooled.
The last time “Cops” taped in Wichita was in 2006.