This guys is being said to have paid the "ultimate price" for the show. That is not how I would put it. It isn't like he jumped on a live grenade to save people. He was a crew member on a show that makes money while portraying a Crocodile Hunter-ish police state that can endlessly keep itself busy with the multi-generationally PTSD'd poor and minorities of this country. Not to mention all the ad revenues they make.
So they of course are "investigating" which will take forever. The police claim they had no choice but to act as they did. I wish they released video from possible surveillance cameras. From what is known a suspected robber in a dinner, who turns out to have an airsoft pistol, practically harmless, got into a gun battle with police. It is likely that they shot at this guy first, and when he made a run for it the cops crew member was caught in the crossfire and shot in a part of his vest that was unprotected. Clearly if the guy had an airsoft gun he couldn't have posed a real threat and couldn't have opened fire on police. In war, Rules of Engagement and the Geneva Convention dictate not just shooting unarmed people or without being engaged first. Here is a link to documented instances of violations of Rules of Engagement.
My next post will be about a suspect the police opened fire on killing an innocent bystander. Also, I have a previous post Police Kill Man and Bystander over BB Gun.
Here is one of my favorite bits on the show Cops by Bill Hicks: