'Cops' crewmember shot during Omaha robbery

An employee of the long-running TV show Cops was shot and injured during a gunfight between police and an armed robber that broke out while the crew was working in Omaha Tuesday night.

The Cops crew was with police who responded to an armed robbery call at a Wendy's restaurant around 9:20 p.m. CT when the shooting took place. The suspect and the Cops employee were both hit in the exchange and taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

The suspect was declared dead at the hospital, while no more information was given about the condition of the Cops employee.

The restaurant's windows were riddled with bullet holes and the street was closed for several hours, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

"We will have more on his condition, as well as any other details on this tomorrow," Deputy Police Chief Dave Baker said Tuesday. "We have a lot of ground to cover here tonight and officers will continue the investigation throughout the night."

Another robbery occurred just moments before at a nearby Little Caesar's restaurant and police are looking into a possible connection, Omaha NBC affiliate WOWT reported.

Cops has been filming in Omaha for much of the summer, according to the World-Herald.

In June Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer explained that he wanted Cops to film his department in action to put "the professionalism of our officers on display for the city and the world to see," according to the World-Herald.

Cops embeds camera crews with police units and uses no narration, other than the dialogue of the officers and those they come into contact with. The show is described on its website as one of the first "true and unscripted reality shows."

The show first aired on March 11, 1989, and has earned four Emmy nominations.


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