KCMO Fire Dept: KC firefighter shot and killed by KC police officer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Mo., police officer shot and killed a Kansas City, Mo., firefighter early Sunday morning in downtown Kansas City, according to the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department.

Sources said Anthony Bruno, the firefighter who was shot and killed, got into a physical altercation with a cab driver outside of the Marriott at 12th and Wyandotte around 2:30 a.m. Sunday. According to sources a KCMO police officer, who was off-duty at the time but still in uniform, tried to break up the fight when Bruno took off. After a brief chase the two ended up at 13th and Baltimore.

Allegedly Bruno resisted arrest and was on top of the officer, hitting him in the head and face. The officer, who has been identified as Donald Hubbard, fired two fatal shots before passing out, according to sources with the police department, who said the officer was still unconscious when backup arrived. Hubbard was hospitalized with serious injures. He was released on Sunday. The extent of his injuries are unclear, but a source said it’s possible he suffered an orbital fracture and other broken bones to the face.

Bruno and his new wife had been at their wedding reception earlier Saturday night. The couple married a couple of weeks prior but held the reception this past weekend. Sources said Bruno’s wife was with him and still wearing her wedding dress when the incident occurred.

KCFD Chief Paul Berardi said in a written statement released Sunday afternoon:

It is with a heavy heart that I am confirming that Anthony V. Bruno, a Kansas City firefighter, was the casualty of the officer-involved shooting that occurred early this morning in the 1300 block of Baltimore. Although specific details of the incident are still being gathered, KCPD Chief Forte’ and I have already spoken a number of times and will continue to remain in contact.

Friends and family of the Kansas City Fire Department remember Anthony Bruno of Fire Station 17 as a courageous and dedicated firefighter who had been with the department since 2008. He was a third-generation member of the fire department. Bruno leaves behind a father, a retired deputy fire chief, his mother, two sisters of the home, and a new wife.

FOX 4 learned of the deadly shooting early Sunday morning, but at that time neither the fire department nor police department were ready to confirm the connection between a police officer shooting and the shooting of firefighter Anthony Bruno.

At about noon Sunday, Battalion Fire Chief and spokesperson James Garrett, confirmed Bruno was the victim in the deadly police shooting near the downtown Marriott.

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123 comments

  • perky

    People can go back and forth. People have been permanently impacted. I wonder if the Taxi driver regrets trying to run the meter up and making the deragoatory comment that set the events in motion. Maybe if anything comes from this, he/she will think twice about trying to take advantage of a person who he perceives to be trashed. See, the FF was trying to pay his freinds cab fare home. The taxi driver had kept the meter running, instead of reseting it. So, though Anthony may have over reacted and things escalated way too quickly, if the Taxi driver had been honest from the beginning, a good deed never would have escalated to the point that a policeman was severly injured and a Fire Fighter was dead.

  • Chrisie

    I guess all off you who want to call names and bash on either party involved have never made bad choices in your life!! What has happened is a tragedy for everyone involved!! Get off your soap boxes and shut your mouths!!!!! People make mistakes every day, doesn’t give you the right to bad mouth them because you think you’re better than them!!! I bet each and every one of you have done something in your lifetime that would be frowned upon!!! My thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in this tragedy!

  • JAD

    From what I gather a human being was under the influence and upset from the decision of another human. This led to an altercation which most have witnessed or even taken part in. The driver made a decision to called the police. The off duty officer working as an officer in uniform came to the call as a requirement of his job. Whatever conversation and action took place resulting in the deceased to take off. The officer ran after as required with his job. Something…which none of us know occurred at that point to cause a physical fight between the two. At that point the officer who was in danger chose to grab his gun an shoot to defend his life and unfortunately a life was ended. Those are the facts that we know. Each decision made by each person involved led to the end result. Everyone involved must own their actions. The cabby, the deceased and the officer. Which one person is to blame is too difficult to really decide without knowing exactly what was said and happened step by step. On one hand the deseaced could be victim to a manipulative lying can driver who gave the officer reason to peruse and put the deceased in a threatening situation causing him to defend himself and lead to his death. Or he could have been an overly aggressive man who was only stoppable with leather force considering his state if mind at the time of the event. Point being…none of us know these facts. None if us were there, in the situation, or can truly say what we would have done has we been in the shoes of any of the people involved. Everyone is of course untitled to their opinions, but let’s be honest…how can you make a rational opinion when you do not know all of the facts?

  • JAD

    From what I gather a human being was under the influence and upset from the decision of another human. This led to an altercation which most have witnessed or even taken part in. The driver made a decision to called the police. The off duty officer working as an officer in uniform came to the call as a requirement of his job. Whatever conversation and action took place resulting in the deceased to take off. The officer ran after as required with his job. Something…which none of us know occurred at that point to cause a physical fight between the two. At that point the officer who was in danger chose to grab his gun an shoot to defend his life and unfortunately a life was ended. Those are the facts that we know. Each decision made by each person involved led to the end result. Everyone involved must own their actions. The cabby, the deceased and the officer. Which one person is to blame is too difficult to really decide without knowing exactly what was said and happened step by step. On one hand the deseaced could be victim to a manipulative lying can driver who gave the officer reason to peruse and put the deceased in a threatening situation causing him to defend himself and lead to his death. Or he could have been an overly aggressive man who was only stoppable with lethal force considering his state of mind at the time of the event. Point being…none of us know these facts. None of us were there, in the situation, or can truly say what we would have done if we had been in the shoes of any of the people involved. Everyone is of course untitled to their opinions, but let’s be honest…how can you make a rational opinion when you do not know all of the facts?

  • Wayne Finn

    It says that he was being assaulted and used the firearm. He has suffered serious injuries according to the story so if you are being beaten to death or fear of being beaten to death then lethal force is clearly an option. He may not have had his taser on him but in a situation like that a taser may not have been effective. There is a lot to take into consideration in these events and without being there it’s hard to judge.

  • Outside observer

    This whole incident is a tragic event for both sides.
    The officer did not wake up this morning hoping
    He’d get to “smoke” anyone. The young fireman
    Didn’t wake up hoping he’d drink too much get into a fight with an
    Officer. Police are not trained to shoot to wound. It’s easy to point
    fingers and second guess. We have days and weeks to pick apart an incident that took seconds to unfold. Prayers for all involved is appropriat

  • snottyscottie

    Though you have a point about their pain there’s nothing wrong with a healthy discussion. As long as articles have comment sections people will continue to comment…whether polite or not.

  • Sai

    don’t blame his mistakes on other people. he was wrong and assaulted both the police officer and cab driver. just for the record fire fighters are hired to save people’s life not attack cab drivers and beat up cops

  • SheepODoom (@sheepodoom)

    So they teach you to Jump a suspect & then shoot & kill them? Something is NOT right with his version of the story.. What cop engages in a foot pursuit even off duty BY THEMSELVES? This something you folks are taught? You taught to treat the streets like a War zone where everyone is the enemy that is not wearing the same uniform as you? If YES then I do NOt want you on the force… you pose a greater threat to MY safety than any criminal.

  • Bryan

    You’re lying. You didn’t talk to anyone at any police academy. Because nowhere in this country are any police taught to “shoot to detain” that’s a phrase you made up. When we shoot our weapons it is center mass to stop the threat. That usually means killing. Also we can shoot unarmed people if they are assaulting us in a manner we will lose our life or,….wait for it…..serious injury. This officer is in icu with a brain bleed and broken facial bones. That’s a serious injury. If you were truly told that bs by a law enforcement professional, they need a new job because that’s not the case. Not even close. Check your facts lady.

  • Brandy

    Sai, your very judgemental about this firefighter. Was you there? Do you know all the facts? A FF should not go around beating ppl up but I don’t have all the facts, so I’m not going to ASSUME what you say is truth. Also the off duty cop should not have gone to that call. He was not fully prepared to do his job. My heart goes out to BOTH families.

  • Terry Roberts

    It’s a mess and who is to say or not if the cab driver was actually assaulted? What was taking the regular on duty cops so long to get there ? If the off duty cop stopped to talk to the cabbie, did he call it in? To many questions and to many cops have this shoot first ask questions later mentality lately.

  • Vicki

    Brandy, the officer was in uniform and armed working in an off-duty capacity. That means, he was hired as security for the business who hired him (in this case, it sounds like the Marriott). He heard the call go out. As a police officer, he has an obligation to respond. Police officers are never truly not working and not required to act. He should have been there, had every reason to intervene, and was fully prepared to do his job. I hope for a speedy and complete recovery for the officer. I’d hate to be in his position right now as I’m sure he didn’t want to kill anyone. The firefighter was in the wrong…PERIOD. His own acts dictated his demise. Keep your hands to yourself!!!!

    And to Tony Evans…you’re clearly a total idiot.

  • pamela

    If this deadly shooting were an anomaly, then maybe I could defend the PD. In the past weeks there have been 3 unarmed suspects shot and killed. Maybe KCPD needs to work on their de escalation skills. Last I heard, fighting was not a Capital offense. In KC I guess it warrants the death penalty without the benefit of a trial

  • JayB

    Nancy,

    I see you mentioned about how tragic it was that a guy who risked his life to save people was shot and killed, which is very true that it is tragic. But have you stopped to think that the officer who risks his life every day and multiple times a day did what he had to, to save his life. The officer has over 50% of the bones in his face broken and was found unconscious. Is he supposed to just let someone beat him to death. Had that been another police officer that did this to the injured officer, I am sure he would have done the same thing! I hate that you people judge these men when you have never walked in their shoes, and most of you don’t have what it takes to fill their shoes anyway. Good people make bad choices, sometimes very bad choices hat change and affect many lives! This whole thing is a tragedy. My thoughts and Prayers go out to both families!

  • JayB

    Pamel,

    I am guessing that you must go out and risk your life everyday, and you have a full understanding what its like to be in these situations because you have chosen to risk your life for the better of others. Because if you haven’t then you have no idea what you are talking about!

    I would say walk a week in an officers shoes and see what you think then, but I don’t think you could make it a day. Its called the thin blue line for a reason. If you don’t know what the thin blue line means you should look it up. The upper black square represents the good people, the bottom black square represents the bad people, and the thin blue line in the middle represent the men and women that stand between the good and the bad. this job is done because you want to serve and protect the innocent, not because you get rich doing it.

    You can bad mouth police officers on here, but I guarantee that you are the first one to pick up the phone and dial 911 when you are scared, hurt, or in trouble, and you expect that officer to do what he needs to to save your life, but you don’t expect him to do what he needs to to save his own life. That just doesn’t seem right at all Nancy, maybe you should handle your own emergencies instead of calling the police if that’s how you feel about police.

  • dubya

    Tresha, you are 100% correct-as a former state police officer and federal agent-deadly force is warranted when you or others are in imminent danger of losing their lives. from the little information provided in this article, it doesn’t sound like this officer had much choice-a bad situation for all, but since this officer was reported to be seriously injured and unconscious when other officers arrived it sounded like he did what he could to stay alive. interesting to see what shakes out in the next few days.

  • mamaofalotoflittles

    Exactly! My husband is also an officer. I think more is being made of this story bc this guy was a firefighter so the media is trying to make this a cops vs fire story. During this altercation however he was not working as a firefighter. The police officer WAS working as a police officer and was seriously assaulted by this man. The police officer did what he was trained to do to secure his weapon END OF STORY!

  • Jules

    Pamela-do you realize we live in a high crime city? We don’t live in mission hills. Evaluate the “clientele ” the KCPD interacts with on a daily basis. Think long and hard abt that. We’re not talking abt joco soccer moms…

  • B

    Some departments actually issue each officer their own take home taser but each is different. Larger departments probably do not seeing that te expense would be high versus having just enough for on duty officers or deputies. I’m sure the officer will be cleared because tere is no way one could know whether the beating was going to stop or potentially cause serious injury or death. That factor alone would fall under this being self defense.

  • chrystine

    Did you read the story prior to commenting? The cop was beaten so badly he passed out from his injuries. He has multiple facial fractures. He didn’t “shoot first”. He was clearly defending his life.

  • Anthony Moriglioni

    apparently steve, you have never heard of protect and serve… you are right… you have a responsibility to protect yourself… what would you say if an officer watched your wife get raped, then walked over and just arrested the perp…. i bet your tune would change then…

  • Hinikuna Dansei

    Even in a major city it can take up to 5-10 minutes minimum for the police to arrive. In that time anything can happen. A lot also depends on how many officers they have working, what other kind of calls they have going on at the same time, and where the officer/s going to investigate are coming from. Obviously something had to happen to get the officer involved.

  • mj

    Exactly. It is a terrible outcome for the families, but when a person – I don’t care what their job is – is attacking a person (police or not) to the point of passing out with a facial fracture (which takes a HARD hit), self defense kicks in. Why it has to be about FD vs PD I can only blame on politics.

  • chrystine

    I just want to express my condolences to the families. We who are reading a story cannot be quick to judge – we were not there and even eye witnesses don’t always have accurate recall.

  • Debo

    Very well said and your words should touch everyone who reads them very deep in their heart. It is an incomprehensible tragedy all the way around and you are so right……sometimes even the ones we love made bad decisions and choices…..because we are all human. Both families will have deep emotions about this and indeed will evoke strong emotion in all of us who are hearing of this.

    May your family find a way to heal from this and your beautiful words about remembering the happiness of the night fill every heart that is struggling through this….I surely hope that either family will have to endure prolonged pain from the media coverage and will find forgiveness for everyone involved. So very sorry for your loss as well as for the other person involved as I’m sure he will carry his own personal pain from this both emotionally and physically.

  • Brisco

    You ask how I would feel if it was a member of my family?
    Well I’ll tell you.
    If a member of my family gets drunk and assaults a police officer or anyone else in this manner and they die from the use of force from the defender, I’ll say good for the defender.

    Everyone is entitled to protect themselves, if the attacker dies from the use of force, so be it.

  • Matt Copeland

    How come you wouldn’t be upset if the Media ran the story of Cops that raped women after arresting them, or that murder an unarmed suspect. This society that believes the profession of law enforcement officers are Angelic beings that don’t lie, cheat on their wives, capable of murder, perjury, contentment, take drug dealers money 7 lie amount the real amount, lie on their Reports about events, set people up, impose their racist or sexist ideologies, sexually harass female suspects & fellow female officers, are totally insane and redundant of our society.

  • Jeff Morgan

    War zone? You’re an idiot, Sheepodoom. Officers engage on foot pursuits by themselves all the time. Would it be acceptable to you if they simply refused to do their job until 2 or 3 more officers show up? What if the suspect was beating up your mother. Should the officer wait until more cops show up?

    He didn’t “jump” the suspect then shoot him. He intervened in an assault in progress of the can driver, chased the suspect, attempted to apprehend him and got seriously injured before almost passing out. He fired in self defense. Please don’t spin the true facts to support your irrational rant about KCPD.

  • Hinikuna Dansei

    The cop just witnessed an assault take place, tried to stop the suspect, and the suspect started running away from him. if the cop DIDN’T chase after him in an attempt to stop him for the interest of public safety, then I DEFINITELY wouldn’t want him on my police force.

  • JS

    For all you know, as so much information was left out, the cop may have assaulted him and the firefighter defended himself. When the cop saw he was in a bad situation, he drew and fired his weapon. Don’t spin the true facts to support your irrational ideology that all cops are perfect and more valuable than the rest of man.

    The fact is the only person who could provide the full story other than the extremely biased cop would be… oh wait. No one. And so no one can know if the killing was murder or self defense. I’ve seen the videos of cops committing both. Such as when a teenager ran from cops. They shot five rounds into his back as he ran and a sixth into his head as he lay there. Cops are far from perfect.

  • Stu Cozza

    If the story as reported is accurate, then Bruno may have made more than one bad decision. He was alleged to have assaulted a cab driver, then a police officer who had no choice to defend himself. Inflicting a head injury, intentional or not, can easily cause death. That the officer lost consciousness after firing the fatal shots at the attacker tells me he may have at least some swelling of the brain (and maybe some bleeding) occurring within his skull. Increased Intracranial Pressure, if left untreated, can be fatal.

    The alleged assailant’s occupation is of little or no relevance; there are folks from other professions who commit crimes as well. This person allegedly chose to assault the cab driver and the officer (who had a duty to act, whether on or off duty). Bruno’s career as a firefighter has no apparent bearing on the story.

  • Chrystine Collins-Blums

    Matt, I do not think police are above the law. If anything, they should be held to a higher standard as should prosecutors and judges because they took oaths to uphold the law. I object to the news using the fact that the man who was killed was an off duty fire fighter. It makes it no more or less of a tragedy. As I stated, I am curious to know whether excessive drinking played a part in the situation. Sometimes people react badly when they’ve had too much too drink – I know I’m stating the obvious but there it is.

  • Frankie

    First of all, the media does report every single one of those stories. Second of all, I am not sure what any of those incidents have to do with a police officer responding to a crime and getting his face bashed in responding with a gun. I don’t hate all fast food workers because some have spit in people’s food. I don’t hate or fear my mailman because some have gone in and shot up post offices. I don’t dislike firefighters because some watch a person’s house burn to the ground without doing a thing because they didn’t pay a $100 yearly fee. Maybe all of these examples are because I can apply logic and know that not everyone with the same job title is the same person, but I guess you don’t have the same luxury…

  • Joe

    It may be sad for the families of those involved but it has no affect on me. I don’t know the people but I am disgusted by they way the cop shot the guy when he is trained to use other methods first. Why didn’t the cop just wait for back up? Apparently, he thought he could take the guy down but when he learned he wasn’t tough enough, he pulled his gun and killed him. That isn’t the way cops are supposed to do their job and people should stop making excuses for his poor decision to kill.

  • David

    There was an assault in progress, that is why he didn’t wait for back up. If he did this, then someone like you would probably say, “that uniformed police officer just stood there and watched this guy assault the cab driver! The cop did nothing!! He’s got a gun and other tools and he just stood there!” People like you criticize the police NO MATTER WHAT they do.

  • Hinikuna Dansei

    Joe, you’re ignorant. The man was obviously getting beaten very badly considering he has a broken orbital bone and other facial injuries. That’s serious bodily injury, which in Missouri is assault in the 1st degree. Concussions and possible internal bleeding could have killed that officer. In that case, deadly force is appropriate and he was perfectly within his rights to protect his own life.

    Cops are not on the same level as professional MMA fighters or Jet Li. They cannot be expected to somehow magically disarm or stop every single assailant out there with fancy wrist locks or side kick out a knife. That’s the movies, and has no basis in reality.

  • Derek

    The police officer did what he was supposed to do. An officer is not supposed to give up without backup because a suspect flees. Nor would a uniformed officer ever wait for backup to do the right thing and stop the disturbance. The suspect made all the wrong decisions and he paid the the ultimate price. You can’t take it back, the officer was simply reacting to the situation presented by the subject. The media and the police haters are the only ones at fault here. The media should have titled this something like “uniformed officer breaks up disturbance, engages in foot pursuit, and shoots violent suspect before blacking out from sustained jnjuries”! Or in easy to understand terms “officer shoots and kills dangerous suspect”! Notice, I never mentioned “firefighter” or “off duty”. They don’t matter! That’s has nothing to do with what happened just what the media presented. .

  • Hinikuna Dansei

    So the cop should have just sat back and watched the same fate happen to the taxi driver and do nothing? Cops are legally obligated to take action if they see a crime in progress, whether they’re with 100 other cops or by themselves. Waiting for backup could take 10-15 minutes, the entire time that taxi driver is getting beaten, maybe even killed, and the attacker could flee the scene. For all we know that cop could have saved the taxi driver’s life in that same incident.

  • SW

    Yep. You said it better then I could.

    Now can all of those who replied while knowing little of what happened go back and apologize for their idiotic speculations about the severely injured cop being the bad guy?