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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114 comments

  • Apes

    The media doesn’t have all the facts. When all the facts come out you will be sing a different tune. I wouldn’t tell a teacher how to teach. I wouldn’t tell a fight fighter how to fight fires. And so on. People need to stop running their big mouths and quit telling cops how to be cops.

    • Constitutionalist

      You’re wrong, the people do need to tell cops how to be cops. They have obviously confused Baghdad Iraq with main street America. You must be a cop or a cops wife.

  • MJ

    I’m sorry for the young mans family. This is a difficult time but by everything that has came out, it is the young mans fault his family is grieving now. Not the police officer. The officer was a brave man for reporting to the call looking to assist. Unfortunately he now has to live with the physical damages and even emotional damages that come from taking anothers life. My prayers go to the officer, his family and the young mans family. This shouldn’t have happened.

    • Constitutionalist

      The operative word here is LIVE, that is something only one of them is going to do. Always justified, always making the “correct” split second decision with their firearm. Whatever happened to talking and calling for back up, defusing the situation instead of escalating it to a shooting event? Oh yeah, they’re never found to be at fault or using bad judgement. Perhaps we should call them Gods instead of cops.

  • Alynn

    From what I understand……(piecing together all the news stories and sources). Firefighter was drunk, following his wedding reception–wedding was actually on Nov 16, not the night of. He fought the cab driver who called 911. UNIFORMED Cop was off duty from KCPD but was ONDUTY in his PD uniform working security at the hotel with his radio and heard the call of the cab driver being assaulted–right by where he was working. He attempted to break up the fight. Drunk FF ran, cop went after. FF then turned on cop, smashed cops head repeatedly into the ground, broke jaw, nose, skull of cop, gave him a brain bleed and he is in ICU……and people are saying he had no right to defend himself?? As an officer, he is bound to stop a crime that is happening at his location (the attack on the cab driver). He WAS IN UNIFORM. FF should have never attacked either man, and should have respected the cops uniform and not ran. I am sure the FF was a wonderful man-when sober. But, alcohol causes people to make wrong decisions.

  • chrystine

    Shame on the news organization for posting the headline “firefighter” killed along with a picture in uniform. It is sensationalism. The man was a recently married man, having a wedding reception. A picture of him in wedding attire would have been more appropriate. He was not killed in the line of duty. It is extremely tragic but his career isn’t relavent. If I am ever murdered I would hope no one writes a story “Iraq war vet killed” just because it was somehing I had done once and makes a nice headline.

    • mamaofalotoflittles

      I think what some “lay” people don’t realize is that police officers work off-duty jobs all the time. They aren’t working for KCPD at the time, but they are hired by local businesses (Marriott, target, grocery stores, auto parts stores, the stadiums) they wear their uniforms, they are still the police. It’s not like the officer was just trolling the city wearing his uniform on his own personal time looking for a fight to get into. The police do not want to shoot people. My husband is an officer and has had to shoot a dog that was attacking him before when he went on a call and he was devastated abt it-seriously people. Police officers are human beings with families and children of their own. They are not heartless robots!

      • Jim

        People have a entitlement attitude these days, along with a Misconception on what a police officer does. Yes!! Most people believe they are robots that should just stand there and take a beaten by a high or intoxicated idiot and not defend himself. Or let someone smash there face in to the ground and see where the chips fall. Wrong!!! Police officers stop crimes and help good people. That’s there job!!! Also go home to their families or loved ones. Not let the chips fall by some thugs actions who likes to seriously assault people. My guess would be the nepotism got that man his job with kcfd. You just don’t start assaulting people and running from the police in adulthood, alcohol or not. Obviously this guy has a history of that type of behavior. I bet his family being on the fire dept helped him get out of incidents over the years or made them disappear. It’s sad!! The off duty f/f is a professional on or off duty, he should of acted like one. I’m glad the police officer is alive and will recover with out brain damage

  • david

    I am a police officer in a whole other state this is a sad day for both agency’s. But all I ask is please have respect for the investigation no one knows excatly what a police officer goes through but a police officer. Monday night quarter backing is not fair and its not right. Police officers are never off duty if something happens abd im off duty abd I dont act and someone around knows im a police officer and did nothing I am held liable. The public employes us to act when we need to in and off the job its the oath of office that I took along with thousands of others. In respect for all wait until the full investigation is out before you start to judge thats all I can say. I am sorry for the pain at both departments.

  • Matt Copeland

    LAW ENFORCEMENT is The profession’s license to use deadly force in a fist fight (especially having that right to use a gun in a fist fight) but I can’t figure out why a Firefighter (a pillar of the community hailed as hero’s also) having his wedding reception go that far to end up in a fight with a cab driver over the fair-amount escalate into violence & run from his fellow community service servant (a Police Officer) and end up fighting him violently? Sad situation. 3rd generation firefighter, and the Police Officer attempting to arrest him. “Guns at a fist fight” Sad it had to end up in the death of a man that saves lives. My question is “What was really being said, and how it was being said, to make a man go that far out of the norm (according to the version of the living -once again). This wasn’t a man that just all of a sudden “lost hope” “didn’t care” “a violent history” -no just got married and had a great career. Just don’t always believe the version of the living verse the untold story of the dead.

    • Frankie

      Matt,
      I am confused by your logic, you always insinuate because some members of law enforcement have done less than honorable or illegal crimes, that all members of law enforcement are bad people. You then turn around and make the argument that because the other guy was a firefighter and some firefighters have saved people’s lives that this guy was a hero and uncapable of having a bad temper or doesn’t act himself when intoxicated or that he wasn’t already pissed due to what happened with the cabby. Police officers save lives too bud. Your logic seems to just keep circling in a non-sensical line. Every person on this earth is an individual and different person, to try and group anybody by their job title for good, bad or indifferent is plain stupid. You weren’t there but you just keep fishing and making stuff up to foster your thought that all police officers are spawns of Satan. Give it up man.

    • Bill Hammer

      Matt, you are an idiot! Plain and simple. The fact that this guy was a firefighter has absolutely no bearing on this incident. Do you think the cop took the time to ask him…”Oh, by the way, are you a paid firefighter”? Maybe he did just before this guy started pounding his fists into the cops head. This was not a fist fight, as you would like to call it. The cop never had a chance to throw a punch. If Muhammad Ali started punching the life out of you, would you call that a fist fight?

  • Derek

    The officer was clearly in uniform, and threatened for his life, authorizing deadly force. On or off duty doesn’t matter. It sounds like the firefighter got by due to his family connections and thought he was better than the law. Everyone always thinks they can get away with anything, including beating a uniformed officer!

  • Jeff Morgan

    Parrotbay – Shoot to kill and Shoot to stop are NOT the same things. Shoot to kill means just what it says. Shoot to stop means you shoot until the threat stops. That means if you shoot at center mass and hit him accidentally in the arm and the threat no longer presents itself, then your job is done.

  • patrickking

    If this POS acts like this on his wedding night, who knows how he conducted himself for years beforehand. Bottom line, he assaulted multiple people and wound up dead. I’m ashamed to have him labeled a ‘fireman’. People have no respect for authority and no accountability for their actions. Anyone defending this punk has issues of their own. Pray that this officer heals up quickly and gets back to work soon.

  • LovelyBones

    I am a wife of a KC MO police officer. My husband has been involved in shootings with the department before and I firmly believe that he should come home to me each morning. If he had decided to work last night, he would have answered this call.
    It’s extremely sad that this happened at all, but the officer that shot this man gets to go home to HIS family, which may not have been the case if he did NOT use deadly force.
    Officers and Firemen have an unspoken duty to uphold their character on OR off duty. You are role models to people in your city. If Anthony wasn’t violent to begin with, this would not have happened. As far as I am concerned, the police officer did his best to dissolve the situation peacefully. Thank you, liberal media, for making our police department look terrible, once again! I bet you will thank them when you NEED them!

    • Family

      Jase you are out of line and need I shut your mouth! My cousin wouldn’t lay a hand EVER ON A WOMAN! You are a piece of garbage for saying that about him!!!!!! You don’t know him personally so keep your mouth SHUT! You people all make me sick!!!!!

      • Jonathan

        I am sorry for your loss. I hope you find the strength to stop reading the garbage comments by idiots on here, nothing good will come of it for you or your family. I know many police officers and many fire fighters from the Kansas City area. Nobody on here knows the full story and assuredly never will through media outlets like this. This is a tragic situation all around for both brotherhoods. As much as they give each other grief, they ARE on the same side at the end of the day. I pray that this incident does not affect the relationship between the KCPD and KCFD in a way that will cause harm to Kansas City in the long run.

  • Teri

    This is a very brave officer who was being brutally beaten and the suspect beat him with a chair to his face. The officer was in critical condition and still faces more surgery. I feel bad for the families loss but people do stupid things when they are drunk !

    Teri

  • nyupstate

    Seriously…??? I am shocked at how many posters are either defending the defendant (he is not a victim, victims DO NOT assault police officers) or bashing the police officer.

    To the bashers: are you a police officer? we you trained like they are?

    This defendant was assaulting a cab driver then assaulted a police officer causing serious physical injury.

    Why was he acting this way, on his wedding night no less… Shouldn’t this have been a happy day and not a day to assault people???? I would love to know his B.A.C. and if he had any drugs onboard.

    A firefighter did this? I would be embarrassed if I was a KCMO firefighter….

    Shame on the media writing the headline. He was not acting as a firefighter, he was acting like a scrote….

    And I would like to hear from other firefighters to see how they feel about this. I would bet most don’t appreciate the title of the story…..

  • unfortunate for everyone

    I am a retired police officer from a large police dept and have been involved in a shooting. With that being said no one puts on the uniform and thinks boy I sure hope I get to pull the trigger on my firearm today. But they do think I wonder if today will be the day I don’t go home.
    facts: this event could have been prevented if the deceased had controlled himself and never ever mounted a police officer and commenced to beating him. The officer had a right to protect himself and I guarantee he went through every level of the use of deadly force before having to result in the use of. Just imagine for one minute the deceased was not a FF and was rapist or a robbery suspect. Would you think differently? In my career of 20 years I saw bad cops bad firemen bad public officials and just because they held a position of public trust didn’t mean they were above the law. The real losers in this event is the family of the deceased and the officer and his family. Please put yourself in the shoes of the deceased family when you take to bashing him and please put yourself in the shoes of the officer who has been forced to take another persons life it’s not easy and may fully recover emotionally from this event aside from his injuries. My thoughts go out to the officer his family and the family and friends of the deceased

  • 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?