The slain suspect in a robbery attempt at a Wendy’s in August had alcohol, marijuana and PCP in his system at the time of his death, Omaha police said Friday.
Toxicology reports showed that Cortez Washington, 32, had “a very high level” of phencyclidine, or PCP, in his system as he wielded a pellet gun in the robbery attempt. The drug is known on the street as angel dust.
Washington was fatally shot by police Aug. 26 at the Wendy’s, at 4308 Dodge St. An audio technician for the television show “Cops,” Bryce D. Dion, 38, was killed in the barrage of police gunfire that killed Washington.
Officers Darren Cunningham, Brooks Riley and Jason Wilhelm were the officers involved. As in all officer-involved shootings, a grand jury will review the case.
Chief Todd Schmaderer and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert have said the officers responded appropriately.
Police have not said whose rounds struck Washington, who fired a pellet gun at Cunningham and Riley. Police have also not said which officer’s round struck Dion.
Dion and another crew member had been riding with the officers as part of the reality show’s agreement with the city.
“Cops” producers declined to comment Friday. Washington’s family could not be reached.
The first episode featuring Omaha, called “We Know Who You Are,” is to air tonight at 7 on Spike TV. Production crews had recorded six or seven episodes before the Wendy’s shooting.
The show aired a one-hour tribute to Dion on Sept. 20, showing his best work. He had been with the production company for seven years.
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