Omaha judge finds police 'reasonable' in killing man

OMAHA, Neb. — A Nebraska judge has dismissed a wrongful death case brought by the family of a sound technician for the TV show "Cops" who was killed by police during a robbery at a fast-food restaurant.

Police killed Bryce Dion during a shootout when officers confronted a robber at an Omaha Wendy's in August 2014. The Omaha World-Herald reports Dion was at the scene because he worked for the show. Police also killed the robber, Cortez Washington.

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Douglas County District Judge Jim Masteller said Thursday the officers' actions were "reasonable." Masteller said the "imminent threat" the officers faced when Washington pointed a gun at them justifies their "deadly force" response.

Dion's attorney Brian Jorde opposed the ruling, questioning the propriety of officers firing 36 shots. Jorde is considering an appeal.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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