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Omaha Family Critical of Tactics Used in Shooting

Omaha police say Cortez Washington was on parole from a Missouri conviction.
Omaha, Nebraska (ABC9 News)- The family of the 32-year-old man fatally shot after a suspected armed robbery in Omaha says despite his decision to rob the restaurant, he shouldn't deserve to die.  On Tuesday police say Cortez Washington used an airsoft pistol to hold up a Wendy's in Omaha that ended in a shootout with police that killed both Washington and an audio supervisor filming for the TV show "Cops."

Tawanna Washington, the suspect's sister in law, says she spoke about how Cortez Washington was the father of six, a husband and family man. She said he should not have died adding the airsoft gun her brother-in-law carried Tuesday night is a toy.


"We all are victims in this," said Tawanna Washington, Cortez Washington's sister-in-law. "My condolences go to the 'cops' TV employee and his family, but we all are victims in this."
"We're not coping at all because I totally feel like their account for what happened is totally bogus," she said.

Omaha police say Cortez Washington was on parole from a Missouri conviction. he also had convictions in Kansas.

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