Not exactly sure why this hasn't happened before now... BUT. A robbery in an Omaha Wendy's restaurant went from bad to terrible when officers shot the suspect... AND audio technician Bryce Dion, a crew member for the long-running TV show Cops. From WOWT News:
Omaha Deputy Police Chief Dave Baker said Tuesday night that a man was holding a clerk at gunpoint and demanded cash.
The chief said Wednesday all three officers entered the restaurant and confronted the suspect. The Cops crew - a photographer and Dion, the audio tech - went in with them.
Schmaderer said according to witnesses, the suspect discharged a handgun that turned out to be an Airsoft pellet gun. He says witnesses reported hearing the gun and seeing the recoil.
“The first two audible shots were from Mr. Washington’s gun,” the chief said. Officers returned fire. Washington was shot.
The chief said, “Mr. Dion was also injured by a single gunshot and collapsed.” Dion was in the vestibule at the entrance of the restaurant.
Both men were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center and pronounced dead a short time later.
According to Chief Todd Schmaderer, “The officers had no choice other than to respond in the way that they did.” Again, not sure why this hasn't happened before.