VIDEO: Judge Releases Video Of 'Cops' Soundman Fatally Shot In Crossfire

A judge released a 2014 video of a member of the Cops television show crew shot during an armed robbery call.

Omaha, NE – A Nebraska judge released a 2014 video on Tuesday that was filmed by a cameraman from the television series “Cops.” It showed the tragic accidental shooting of one of the show’s soundmen by an officer during a robbery at a Wendy’s (video below).

The video is part of a wrongful death lawsuit that has been filed by the brother of the man killed by police gunfire during the incident, according to KETV-TV.

Bryce Dion, who was a sound man for “Cops,” was killed when he followed officers into the fast food restaurant while they were responding to a call for an armed robbery.

A gunfight erupted, and Dion was caught in the crossfire as the robber tried to flee out the door.

Dion was wearing a ballistic vest at the time of the gunfight, but the bullet hit him under his arm where he was not covered by the vest, KETV reported.

Officers also fatally shot Cortez Washington, the armed gunman who was trying to rob the restaurant when police arrived.

Police shot Washington after he fired his weapon at the officers, according to KETV.

When the incident was over, investigators learned that Washington had been armed with a pellet gun, and not an actual firearm, KETV reported.

Attorney Brian Jorde, the attorney for the Dion family in the civil suit against the city, told KETV he believed that Dion’s death could have been avoided.

Jorde said the Omaha Police Department was negligent when officers continued to fire at Washington as he ran past Dion near the exit.

"They also had no plan or training for these types of instances and allowed civilians like Mr. Dion and the crew to run directly into the Wendy's and be in the crossfire," the attorney said.

The day after the shooting occurred, Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer went on the record saying that the officers thought Washington had a real firearm.

Chief Toss said that when Washington continued to point his pellet gun at the officers, it forced the police to fire back.

In 2015, a grand jury found the police were not criminally at fault for Dion’s death

KETV reported that if the wrongful-death lawsuit was not settled, it was expected to go to trial no later than fall of 2018.

Watch the gunfight between officers and the armed robber the video below:

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John-Brown
John-Brown

The city will pay. Although not criminally responsible, an innocent man died from a police bullet. Although the settlement should be tempered by the fact that the man put himself there freely, recording police in real life. He bears some responsibility knowing the inherent risks involved.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday
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It is bad to shoot bystanders. Hopefully the officers that fired have had their guns taken and been reassigned to more appropriate positions in the department. Of course, if the soundperson had lived then he should have been re-assigned as well, but that it a moot point.

gfc1963
gfc1963

I'd watch that! Him and Markest at the same time! I can but dream!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@rds40
As soon as you come do it yourself. I'll wait for you here in LA.

b1rd
b1rd

Wow H_C Dumbass, good school yard reply.

Heezels
Heezels

What do you mean by “enhance”? Are you saying that it doesn’t add any further context to the story? Because it does. And I’ve seen videos on articles of officers shot on this page, similarly presented to the article above.

Seems like you’re fishing for drama.

RunCop
RunCop

You know lowest common denominator is a pussy!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@RunCop
Don't you snitch? How am i the pussy in this situation?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@gfc1963
You can but shut the fuck up and sip your tea, Charles Worthington Esquire.

When i need to know where the closest fish and chips stop is, I'll call for you.

b1rd
b1rd

Again, H_C Dumbass? Drop the schoolyard bullshit. Get some help from a graduate if you can find one.
"You can but shut the fuck up" LOL,,, too funny

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
So you're saying that being a cop, or being a cop affiliate like this guy, comes with an inherently understood increased risk of danger?

LEO0301
LEO0301

Of course it does. Any simpleton knows there are risks with a dangerous job like policing. So where are you going with this, Cheech?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
Well Skip, there seem to be a number of people on this site that believe being a cop means you should never expect danger because it's not in the oath. Your statement backs up my statement that being in a dangerous job means there is inherently more danger than the average person experiences.

And yes. Those that make that argument are indeed simpletons.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@gfc1963
why would i do coke when i have legal weed, Charles Whetherhurst the Third?

Pip pip cheerio.

b1rd
b1rd

H_C Dumbass "a number of people on this site that believe being a cop means you should never expect danger because it's not in the oath."???
Who said that??? You??

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estComnDenomn I've read the comments and you are misinterpreting what those people are saying. There are dangerous in most jobs. Like yours for example. I'm sure not a day goes by where you're not fearful of spilling a hot cup of coffee on your lap. Just because you choose policing as a profession doesn't mean you should expect to be abused. In fact, that's one of the reasons why the legislature has enhanced penalties for people who hurt police officers. They want the public, people like you, to know that just because someone is wearing the uniform and upholding the laws, that they should be someone's punching bag.

b1rd
b1rd

@LEO0301 H_C Dumbshit misrepresents 99% of everything. He is a liberal. What else would you expect?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301
But choosing to be a cop does come with inherent risks that any simpleton should assume. You said it yourself, and you were a cop.

b1rd
b1rd

So dumbshit, who said "being a cop means you should never expect danger because it's not in the oath."???

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@b1rd go back and find it yourself, silly bitch.

While you're looking for that, help @John-Brown find his balls since he seemed to have lost them somewhere between his Internet tough talk and being given an opportunity to back it up.