Omaha Cops Shoot, Kill COPS TV Soundman

Crime scene, Wendy's Omaha (courtesy omaha.com)

“A crew member with the ‘Cops’ television show was fatally struck by police gunfire as Omaha officers confronted a robber — who also was fatally wounded — at a midtown restaurant,” omaha.com reports. “The TV crew member who died was a sound engineer, who holds the microphone during taping. The camera operator was not injured, nor were any police officers. According to the show’s website ‘Cops’ crew members wear bullet-proof vests on the job.” Bad boys . . .

“The shootings occurred after an officer discovered a man, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and white bandanna, robbing the restaurant, Deputy Police Chief Dave Baker said.” Thirty shots were fired. The police have not released the officer’s names. The TV footage of the incident has not been posted. Yet. [h/t BB]

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  1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    News just reported that the robber had a BB gun.

  2. avatar Thomas Reed says:

    Now that’s real TV.

  3. avatar GoodGuyWithAGun says:

    30 shots

    …….30 shots!!!

    I used to live in mid town omaha. I never heard more than 3 shots in a row. On a weekly basis though…leave it up to the cops

    1. avatar Barstow Cowboy says:

      I’ll bet they were using those .30 assault ghost clips!

  4. avatar Mack Bolan says:

    MAG DUMP!!!!

    1. avatar Mark says:

      There was three officers shooting so 10 rounds each.

    2. avatar mrvco says:

      Seriously.

      I thought you were supposed to aim your gun up in the air and go “ahhrgh” when you do that sort of thing.

      1. avatar Marcus (Aurelius) Payne says:

        Only if you’re chasing a crew of surfing bank robbers or, of course, if you care most about THE GREATER GOOD.

        1. avatar Sean says:

          Thanks Marcus! “I knew you wouldn’t miss the fifty year storm”.

        2. avatar Publius says:

          THE GREATER GOOD!

        3. avatar Smurfico says:

          The greater good… Maybe the cops thought the sound guy was a mime?

        4. avatar Jus Bill says:

          He had the scary “thing that goes up.”

      2. avatar Dev says:

        Such brilliant comments! Love it

  5. avatar Former Water Walker says:

    A little too much reality…very sad.

  6. avatar Joe R. says:

    Bad Boys, Bad Boys, watcha gonna do, watcha gonna do when they come for . . . some other dude. : (

    Can we just do a day of just good gun news, there’s probably plenty.

    God bless and help the poor cops too, has to be a real bad day all the way around.

    1. avatar Mediocrates says:

      I’m not going to bash these cops, but after the LEOs lit up that SUV with KNOWN hostages inside of it, I’m just sitting here shaking my head…

      I will pray for all involved parties….

      1. avatar Rolf says:

        STFU, bitch: “I’m not going to bash the police…”

        It’s not “bashing” to point out daily displays of incompetence.

      2. avatar Rolf says:

        It’s not “bashing” to point out daily displays of incompetence.

        Btw, RF and MattInFL: blocking me hasn’t stopped me from posting. kthxbai

  7. avatar archangel187 says:

    It’s a living, but does stupid games /prizes apply here? Poor guy, my heart goes out to his love ones.

    1. avatar Drew says:

      No, it’s just a good example of decisions and consequences. This is no more a stupid prize than your last case of slide bite. It’s the same with any decision you will ever make.

  8. avatar Dickie J says:

    Thankfully all the trigger pullers made it home safely to their families. Because at the end of the day, isn’t their safety all that really matters?

    1. avatar Peally says:

      Because that totally applies here. But you’re right! They should have shot themselves after the incident too!

      (Get over your hatred of the police)

      1. avatar baue8673 says:

        I think it applies more to the double standard applied to police officers. Imagine the furor if it was a civilian in a similar situation. I understand its a tough job, but it should also have higher requirements and harsher penalties for situations like this. All that is assuming one of the officers shot him. Career permantly over would be hardly fair, but a decent start.

      2. avatar Ralph says:

        He doesn’t hate police, but unlike you, Peally, he doesn’t want to fellate them.

      3. avatar uncommon_sense says:

        Peally,

        Commenters like Dickie J. and myself don’t hate the police per se. Rather, we hate the police who elevate their own survival above their job: securing our rights. If they won’t accept the risk that their job entails, then they should not be police officers.

        Even more galling, good people who are not police will go to prison if they spray bullets and hit bystanders while defending themselves. Why do police get a pass? Why are their lives more valuable than mine?

        That is what we despise.

        1. avatar Rolf says:

          But then they’d have to get actual jobs and be self-sufficient rather than living off of our taxes like the welfare recipients that they are. They also wouldn’t get to walk around feeling self-important, being able to do whatever they want to people.

  9. avatar VF77 says:

    haha, the article I read on Fox had no mention that this was friendly fire…

    “…and then a ‘Cops’ crew member was injured,” he said”

    Such wonderful open and honest reporting…

    1. avatar Paco says:

      Don’t say anything negative about Fox here, a lot of Fox fanboys who think it’s gospel.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        I get all my news from MSNBC.

        1. avatar ValleyForge77 says:

          Always the joker, Ralph. Yeah, honestly Fox is the only one I can (barely) tolerate – but I’m not a sycophant to any news outlet (or politician), so was just stating a fact.

      2. avatar Fler says:

        Paco, it’s good to see that you’re still here, fighting the good fight. Good luck with this crowd, friend.

  10. avatar Smoke Jensen says:

    The film crew needs an MRAP.

    1. avatar Jake Tallman says:

      Frankly, I’d trust them with one more than I would cops. How sad is that?

  11. avatar Shire-man says:

    30 shots? Jeepers.
    Maybe it’s time for TV crewmen to adopt the whole “get them home safe” tripe?

  12. avatar Scrubula says:

    Thirty shots were fired.
    If cops can’t do it in under 10, expecting everyone to is insane.

    1. avatar FedUp says:

      Cops need an extra couple dozen rounds for the bystanders and brother officers.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        Don’t forget any nearby dogs…

  13. avatar Sammy says:

    30 shots? How many hit the Ham Burglar?

  14. avatar Jay-El says:

    Note that members of the media wear body armor from time to time, and although we don’t have any information about what this individual was wearing or whether it made a difference in this incident, he was undoubtedly a “civilian” who would be subject to a felony conviction and up to 10 years in prison under U.S. Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA)’s “Responsible Body Armor Possession Act” a/k/a ban on enhanced protective wear.

    RIP

    1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

      we don’t have any information about what this individual was wearing or whether it made a difference in this incident,

      Yes, we do. COPS crew members wear bullet-proof vests. The sound man was shot under the arm, so it missed his vest.

    2. avatar uncommon_sense says:

      Regardless of what the media member was or wasn’t wearing, many media members want the option to wear bullet resistant vests. Representative Honda’s bill would take that option off the table.

      Now what would be really interesting is Representative Honda added a carve-out for members of the Press. That would be rich.

      1. avatar Jay-El says:

        Indeed. Expect new carve-outs for the media, elected officials, government officials, airline pilots, teachers, pharmacists, preachers, bankers, doctors…um…Shannon Watts…astronauts…Santa Claus … OK, that’s all the good guys. All that’s left is all those mass murderers and those temporarily law-abiding gun owners, so ban on!*

        *Sarcasm. Flame me not.

        1. avatar Alan Longnecker says:

          Union leaders.

        2. avatar PeterZ in West Tennessee says:

          Postal workers.

      2. avatar Hannibal says:

        No it wouldn’t. Read the bill carefully. It only prohibits armor above class III… you won’t see reporters wearing that outside of a war zone.

        1. avatar Jay-El says:

          Sort of like banning only “military style assault weapons.” Once again the question is not why anyone needs such-and-such but why a ban is necessary or Constitutional.

  15. avatar Ralph says:

    I don’t understand how this could happen. Was the sound tech standing in front of the officers? Why would he do that, and why would the cops let him? Was he shot in the front or in the back? This makes no sense at all.

    1. avatar Menger40 says:

      It’s obviously not the sound guy’s fault, but I hope they start training their crews to hit the deck–footage be damned–when bullets start flying.

    2. Same kind of ammo used to kill Kennedy.

      1. avatar Jus Bill says:

        “Magic Bullets?”

    3. avatar LarryinTX says:

      I think some of you need to reread. What I read was that while the crew was filming, the cops working with them noticed that a guy was robbing the restaurant. ie, he was not part of the show, not included in the plans, just some guy who decided to take advantage of the situation where he was surrounded by police, cameras, lights, sound booms, etc. A real genius, IOW.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        So the sound guy was standing between the cops and the robber when the cops opened up? Brilliant!

        1. avatar Geoff PR says:

          Ralph, like NFL referees, the video crews are a part of the astroturf.

          They signed the releases, they took their chances.

  16. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Wait.
    Isn’t the sound guy usually behind the cameras? And aren’t the cameras usually behind the cops?
    Hmmmm

    1. avatar Michael B. says:

      Might’ve been getting a burger.

      1. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

        Aha! Thanks.
        I was working on the assumption that they were actively filming. Might have been that simple.

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      The bad guy moved.

  17. avatar S.CROCK says:

    This is sad but its an occupational hazard. If you want to go and film where crime is being committed, don’t be surprised if sometimes things go wrong.

    1. avatar Richard says:

      As far as I can tell, the crime/criminals were absolutely ZERO threat to the sound guy.
      Seems to me like a few pigs trained to shoot first and lie later were the danger to the sound guy.

      1. avatar S.CROCK says:

        @Richard
        When did I say that the hazard was caused by the thugs without badges?

      2. avatar C says:

        I’m 100% certain that you can tell the difference between an airsoft gun and the real deal in that exact same scenario.

        1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

          I’m 100% certain that you can tell the difference between an airsoft gun and the real deal in that exact same scenario.

          I don’t think most here question the fact that the Taurus airsoft gun looked pretty real, but I do question the cops’ statements that he fired at them and they saw muzzle flashes from it and heard the report of real gunfire when he did it.

          Do you believe that?

        2. avatar C says:

          It seems Richard up there doubts it.
          I believe that adrenaline does weird things and it’s not unusual for people to make that kind of error while under massive levels of stress..

        3. avatar Hannibal says:

          Well then you’re unlike the witnesses who thought he was firing a real gun.

          It takes stupid to brandish an airsoft gun at police… it takes a special kind of stupid to fire it AT them.

    2. avatar Ralph says:

      True, S.Crock, but this was friendly fire. That’s not on anybody’s list of expectations.

  18. avatar borg says:

    Maybe they need to invest in better body armor

    1. avatar Mediocrates says:

      The congressman from California would make it illegal for this camera crewmen to purchase body armor….

  19. avatar Mark N. says:

    Look at the line of bullets in the three windows in the photo. This suggests that the robber tried to run, and shots were fired at him as he did so. This raises the possibility that although the crewman was not in the original line of fire, he became so. And look how high up they are, which suggests that the crewman took one to the head if he was in this line of fire.

    1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

      look how high up they are, which suggests that the crewman took one to the head if he was in this line of fire.

      Under the arm, missing his vest.

    2. avatar Hannibal says:

      The report I read indicated that was the case, that the robber ran while firing (a pellet or airsoft gun) and ended up attracting rounds to where the soundman was.

  20. avatar Brocus says:

    Was the Sound Engineer black?

  21. avatar Anon says:

    This pretty much convinces me the cops need a lot more real world training. God help ANYONE around if a terrorist opens up with a semi automatic AK or AR. The cops will demolish buildings with 9mm or 40 caliber fire.

    It’s seriously time to at least fire any cop who does a mag dump. Kinda like they are peeing, pooping and shooting at the same time.

    1. avatar Richard says:

      Hey now… don’t be obtuse. We all know the cops need belt fed service weapons. If they need 10K+ rounds to stop a jaywalker and his dog then WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE CIVILIAN??!!1!!??!??!111?!?!

  22. avatar Rusty Chains says:

    I think we are beginning to get an understanding of where all that ammo the DHS has been buying has been going! After all somebody has to resupply this bunch.

  23. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    The new question at the restaurant …

    Instead of asking,
    “Do you want French fries with your meal?”

    The attendant will ask,
    “Do you want a screen that keeps glass shards out of your meal?”

  24. avatar Don Davis says:

    According to Omaha paper’s account of chief’s news conference, the perp took several rounds inside the restaurant, got through the front door, where he took several more rounds. That is when the “Cops” guy was hit. He also said that the airsoft gun perp (Beretta 92 copy) used had “muzzle flash and noise”. Take that for what it is worth. The airsoft guns I have seen are sure lifelike, but don’t have a muzzle flash. Really sucks for all the good guys in the scenario.

    1. avatar Jay-El says:

      Here comes the airsoft ban.

    2. avatar Jus Bill says:

      Cap pistol. Obviously contraband.

  25. avatar VB says:

    Blah blah blah. Insert standard cop bashing here. Typical. “Pigs”. Or, “they ought to be fired” for this or that. Did I beat anybody to the punch on buzz cuts or fat cops?

    You want better cops, up the pay, benefits, and training. You want cops to shoot and look like SEALs, know every law verbatim, and be a “professional”? Pay up. But we don’t want higher taxes either. Well we can’t have it either way.

    1. avatar Joseph Quixote says:

      Most cops that I know make well over the national average, especially considering the gold plated retirement and benefits. You sound like a public school teacher….

    2. avatar Aaron says:

      uh, SEALS ain’t exactly winning military marksmanship competitions.

      1. avatar Lolinski says:

        Seals are really bad marksmen, it’s kinda hard to operate a firearm using those flippers. That and that most guns aren’t made to be used underwater so they never bother to practice.

    3. avatar Misnomer says:

      If they didn’t sit around manning speed traps and issuing traffic citations so much, they could have fewer officers and pay/train the ones they have better.

      Additionally, if more people armed themselves and took responsibility for their own protection, they could decrease quantity and have better quality of officers and training. Win-win.

    4. avatar Danny Griffin says:

      You want better cops, up the pay, benefits, and training. You want cops to shoot and look like SEALs, know every law verbatim, and be a “professional”? Pay up.

      You’re saying most cops suck because we don’t pay enough to attract good ones?

    5. avatar bobomcfadden says:

      waah waaah waaah. Apparently making 50% over the median income + generous pensions and excellent healthcare in most areas is not enough. Should we give them solid gold police cruisers too?

    6. avatar Fuque says:

      So we have to pay more so cops dont kill citizens or dogs?

  26. avatar C says:

    This is the first time this has happened in twenty five years of production. That’s surprisingly good. Sometimes your number just comes up.

    1. avatar C says:

      Commentors here wouldn’t be nearly as outraged if the man behind the gun was an armed non-LEO (whatever we’re allowed to call ourselves since “civilian” will get your head bitten off) but the minute you throw a badge on him it goes from some really bad luck to “that power mad sack of moldy dicks needs to be hung in the town square!”

      1. avatar Aaron says:

        “power mad sack of moldy dicks” – hilarious, I’m gonna plagiarize you!

      2. avatar bobomcfadden says:

        An armed non LEO doesn’t have the entirety of the state backing his decisions.

  27. avatar Aaron says:

    Now THAT’S a cops episode that might get some viewers.

  28. avatar Patrick says:

    Where was sound guy when he got shot killed??? I now event take place fast but one has wonder where he was when happen. As some one report if guy was arm only arm air soft gun why did take three cops shoot him 30 times which nobody knows right now how three cops fire out each there handguns. I well be fair I well state gone do crime your use weapon or some thing look like weapon you can get kill doing it.Special if weapon look like gun police can not tell if real or not bug how look. Keeping old mind that video event has been show to public I well not judge handgun control of police is until it shown.

  29. avatar Custodian says:

    Nobody now give you no break
    Police now give you no break
    Not soldier man give you no break
    Not even you idren now give you no breaks

  30. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    I have read all of the wounds suffered by the police during the Boston Bombers shootout was inflicted by other police. This is not too surprising.

    1. avatar bobomcfadden says:

      Clearly you hate cops. You’re probably a criminal too.

      1. avatar Fuque says:

        Sounds like you are a uniform worshiper

  31. avatar Hannibal says:

    Sound guy was apparently behind an obscured partition when the bad guy, while firing his (airsoft? BB?) gun ran right in front of him. The effects of adrenaline, tunnel vision, auditory exclusion and holyshitthisguyisshootingatme combine in such a way that anyone who thinks they’d be immune to making a mistake is a similar situation is either a true operator ™ or another keyboard commando and\or monday morning quarterback.

    Handguns aren’t that accurate or powerful. Maybe if they’d had carbines they could have taken out the threat sooner. Maybe with more tactical training they could have done it. But then we don’t want our police to be militarized, do we?

  32. avatar N8thecowboy says:

    The most shocking thing about this to me? That Cops still has new episodes.

  33. avatar John E> says:

    11 shots through the glass. What ever happened to knowing what was behind your target.

  34. avatar john seagus says:

    He probably committed fornication or adultery and deserved to die anyway. We are all going to die soon, he just died sooner. What’s the point of talking about it. it was a good death and a good shoot. God’s officer did it, so if it was an accident, he goes to heaven. no worries.

  35. avatar Dennis says:

    I’m assuming there is video of this? Or is that asking too much of a TV crew?

    1. avatar Danny Griffin says:

      I’m assuming there is video of this? Or is that asking too much of a TV crew?

      I think they stopped for food and ran across the robbery, I don’t think they were filming at the time.

  36. avatar Bradley says:

    The police admitted it was friendly fire when they realized it was not a real gun. But 30 shots from three guns they were lucky nobody else was hurt.

  37. avatar Neil D says:

    GEEZ..think these cops need some range time. For God’s sake, 30 shots and they shoot and kill the wrong person. What the f**k is wrong with these guys? Sounds like total incompetence.

  38. avatar Neil D says:

    ” I now event take place fast but one has wonder where he was when happen. As some one report if guy was arm only arm air soft gun why did take three cops shoot him 30 times which nobody knows right now how three cops fire out each there handguns. I well be fair I well state gone do crime your use weapon or some thing look like weapon you can get kill doing it.Special if weapon look like gun police can not tell if real or not bug how look. Keeping old mind that video event has been show to public I well not judge handgun control of police is until it shown.” What the heck are you saying? Is this English? Because I can’t understand half of what you typed.

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