KANSAS CITY, Mo - We're hearing for the first time from a widow of a Kansas City firefighter who shot and killed by an off-duty Kansas City police officer. A Jackson County grand jury cleared Officer Donald Hubbard in the shooting, now a widow wants her own justice.
FOX 4's Megan Brilley spoke with Stephanie Bruno and her attorney on Thursday.
"I love you. That's how we ended every conversation every phone call," Stephanie said.
It's the last thing she remembers saying to her husband. It was the night of their wedding reception. Stephanie said she was trying to send her cousin home in a cab.
"The cab driver started saying he would leave him on the street. I argued with him," she recalled.
The argument got heated and Stephanie said the driver started screaming at her.
"He threw the money in my face and called me a very offensive name," she said.
That's when she said Bruno went off. Video shows her husband attacking the driver outside of the Marriott where the newlyweds were staying.
"I said, 'Anthony, stop it, Anthony!'" Stephanie recalled.
The fight was broken up and Stephanie says her husband decided walk around the block to cool down.
"I watched him. Walk away," she said
Little did she know that moment would be the last time she'd see him alive.
Surveillance video shows Bruno walking down an alley. Officer Hubbard was working off-duty at the Marriott and followed Bruno. No audio can be heard in the video and police say Hubbard gave him multiple commands to stop. Video shows Hubbard then pinning Bruno on the ground.
Stephanie said that was her husband submitted to Hubbard by putting his hands up. But seconds later, Bruno is on top of the officer, punching him repeatedly.
Hubbard shot him seconds later.
"My husband was not a mean, malicious person. He didn't have that in him.," Stephanie said.
Stephanie said her husband was very intoxicated that night, but she doesn't believe that had anything to do with his behavior.
"He tried to talk that man down. He wouldn't stop," she said.
Stephanie knows nothing will bring the love of her life back. She still wears her wedding ring every single day. She says she'll never take it off, just like she'll never stop fighting for her husband's justice.
"I just miss my best friend," she said.
Stephanie's attorney says they are still putting the lawsuit together, but should be officially filing it in two weeks.
FOX 4 did reach out to KCPD, they said they could not comment because of the pending litigation.