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.