Bruce Dion OMAHA, NE—Bryce Dion, a soundman for the long-running reality TV show, Cops, was killed by police gunfire in Omaha, NE on August 26, during a robbery at a Wendy’s restaurant.
Dion, 38, was onsite recording the incident with the show’s TV crew when he was hit by one of an estimated 30 or more bullets shot during the robbery; the suspect, 32-year-old Cortez Washington, was also killed. The only shots fired during the robbery came from officers, according to police. According to the Omaha World-Herald, three officers opened fire on Washington after the suspect fired an Airsoft pellet gun.
Originally hailing from Lawrence, MA, Dion lived in Santa Monica, CA, and had a lengthy career working in reality television. In addition to handling sound on shows such as Container Wars, Trading Spaces and The Glee Project among many others, he worked as a production sound mixer on more than 80 episodes of Cops between 2009 and 2013. Dion also had numerous credits as an assistant cameraman on shows such as Last Comic Standing and Top Chef.
TV crews for the reality show are required to wear bulletproof vests, but Dion was struck in an unprotected area near his left arm. According to Langley Productions, which produces Cops, this marks the first time a crew member has been seriously injured, shot or killed during the taping of the show since it first began airing in 1989.