Cop shoots drunk fireman during fight (vid)


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As he lay bleeding on a downtown Kansas City street, newlywed Anthony Bruno mouthed "Don't let me die" to a bystander who had rolled him on his back to check two gunshot wounds.

On the pavement nearby, Police Officer Donald Hubbard felt himself drifting in and out of consciousness. Blood dripped from his broken and battered face. He tried to get up but fell back.
The bystander, who happened to be a critical care nurse in a hospital trauma unit, could not find Bruno's pulse. She asked Hubbard to apply pressure to Bruno's wounds while she began chest compressions. Hubbard crawled to her as sirens sounded in the distance, according to documents released Tuesday by police.
Soon an arriving police officer asked what direction the gunman had fled.

Hubbard looked up.

"I shot him," he said.

Multiple witnesses described elements of that scene to investigators trying to piece together what led to an off-duty Kansas City police officer fatally shooting an off-duty Kansas City firefighter who had been celebrating his November wedding in the early hours of Dec. 1.

Detectives interviewed witnesses, studied two cellphone videos shot by bystanders and obtained surveillance videos from area businesses. They also took photos of a taxicab driver allegedly assaulted by Bruno moments before Hubbard's attempted arrest of Bruno devolved into a fatal struggle.

As they do in all fatal shootings involving police, Jackson County prosecutors presented the investigators' report to a Jackson County grand jury. The jurors voted "no true bill" on Feb. 14, ending the case without charges.

That also closed the case and allowed media to request copies of the case file, which included the videos.

The Star is posting one of those videos online, showing the final confrontation between Bruno and Hubbard, because it was key evidence considered by the grand jury. Some profanities from onlookers were edited out, as were scenes after the shooting showing Bruno. Viewer discretion is advised, as the video contains graphic scenes, including intense fighting and sounds of gunshots.

Over and over in the inch-thick case file, witnesses stories largely match one another.

Anthony Bruno, 26, and Stephanie Bruno, 29, were dressed in wedding attire as they celebrated their Nov. 16 nuptials. About 2 a.m. on Dec. 1, they had taken a cab from a restaurant to the Kansas City Marriott Downtown with Anthony's cousin, who had been drinking heavily at the restaurant and had fallen asleep there.

The Brunos had imbibed as well, but neither was drunk, Stephanie later told police.

They wanted the cabdriver to take Anthony Bruno's cousin home, but an argument began on how much that would cost — the meter kept running as they discussed it — and whether the cabdriver could leave the cousin on the street instead of taking him home.
Stephanie Bruno told police the cabdriver kept increasing the fare, used a derogatory word toward her and threw money back in her face.

"That's when my husband got out of the taxi and began hitting the taxicab driver," Stephanie Bruno told police.

She yelled at her husband to stop, she said. He quit and walked away. She stayed with Anthony's cousin, as three men were approaching the taxi to protect the driver. The three men nearly started another fight, she said.

"The Marriott security and I both tried to keep that from turning into an altercation. The security guard after that basically told me KCPD had been called and to just stay there. So I stayed there."

Hubbard, who was working security for the Marriott while wearing his Police Department uniform, saw the group arguing and saw Anthony Bruno leaving the area. He headed east after him.

They met up on Baltimore Avenue, between 12th and 13th streets. Hubbard said he tried to arrest Bruno, who resisted and tried to run.

"Throughout my entire contact with the suspect, I gave him numerous verbal commands to give me his hands and to stop resisting," Hubbard told detectives later. "In my attempts to place handcuffs on the suspect, he continued to resist and we eventually went to the ground."

At one point, Hubbard put Bruno in a neck restraint and thought Bruno had given up. But then Bruno began resisting again, trying to stand while holding onto Hubbard.

"That's when I noticed two people filming nearby," Hubbard recounted. "I told these individuals that I was by myself and pleaded for them to call for help."

Bruno told Hubbard he shouldn't have hit him, Hubbard said.

"He then somehow flipped me over onto my back and the subject began punching me on the left side of my face and head," Hubbard told detectives. "He was on top of me and I was in an extremely vulnerable position and I was exhausted from the struggle with the suspect.

"I don't know how many times he struck me, but I started to black out and saw lines across my eyes. He continued to strike me and I started to lose consciousness and I believed the suspect was not going to stop hitting me until he killed me.

"I feared for my life and I drew my weapon, fired two shots center mass."

A couple walking nearby included the nurse. They didn't see the start of the confrontation.

"But at the very end, the cop was underneath the civilian and had his head smashed very hard against the cement by the civilian," the nurse later told detectives. "I did not see any other circumstance than to shoot him. I mean he had to do something because he was gonna get a head bleed from the traumatic brain injury."

On the cellphone video released by police, the witnesses can be heard yelling at Bruno to stop hitting the officer.

Two gunshots stopped the action. Bullets hit Bruno in the chest, according to the autopsy. One hit the heart, diaphragm and liver.

The nurse, Hubbard and other officers helped with CPR until a Fire Department medic crew arrived. Bruno was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Hubbard was taken to a hospital as well. His injuries included a broken eye socket, a fractured cheekbone, a cut above his left eye that required two stitches and loss of feeling in the left side of his face.

He has returned to work, police said Tuesday.

The fight sounds similar to the Traayvon/Zimmerman incident

I wonder how those douches filming felt after watching a man get shot to death when they could've stopped the whole thing from happening.

That cop needs to learn some jiu jitsu for christsake.

He got rolled over way too easily which resulted in getting stuck on bottom and getting his face smashed up and eventually shooting and killing the guy. Phone Post 3.0

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I read the article. And watched the video. Thought the punches or head slams would have started a lot sooner than the shooting. Also before the first punch is thrown it looks like he was already reaching for at least something on that side near his holster. Video doesn't show any gore. Ends at sounds of shots fired. For those thinking of watching. Phone Post 3.0

THAT COP WAS IN THE FUCKING WRONG FROM THE START..........DUDE WAS COMPLYING UNTIL THAT FUCKING COWARD DROP KNEE'D HIM FOR NO REASON......I WOULDN'T LET SOMEONE FUCKING ATTACK ME EITHER COP OR NOT............YOU DON'T GET TO BEAT ON SOMEONE BECAUSE YOU HAVE A FUCKING BADGE.    WHAT A FUCKING PUSSY. 

Don't punch a cop in the head repeatedly, and don't get shot Phone Post 3.0

Why did the security guard insist on escalating the situation?   Instead of escalating his use of force, why didn't he just call for backup?

I watched this earlier with the full intent to be filled with rage for a cop shooting a fireman.  When the drunken fireman had side mount and was dishing out some brutal ground-and-pound that potential for rage dissipated.

ITS CALLED DEFENDING YOURSELF FROM BEING BEATEN ILLEGALLY.     THAT COP TRIED SMASHING HIS FUCKING HEAD INTO THE CURB WITH HIS KNEE..........THAT COULD BE POTENTIALLY LETHAL.   I AM NOT  A COP HATER ON HERE.  I JUST CALL IT LIKE I SEE IT.  SOMETIMES THE COPS ARE RIGHT......SOMETIMES NOT.....AND IN THIS CASE THAT FUCKING FAGGOT COWARD GOT A TASTE OF HIS OWN MEDICINE AND SHOT AN UNARMED MAN......END OF STORY. 

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THAT COP WAS IN THE FUCKING WRONG FROM THE START..........DUDE WAS COMPLYING UNTIL THAT FUCKING COWARD DROP KNEE'D HIM FOR NO REASON......I WOULDN'T LET SOMEONE FUCKING ATTACK ME EITHER COP OR NOT............YOU DON'T GET TO BEAT ON SOMEONE BECAUSE YOU HAVE A FUCKING BADGE.    WHAT A FUCKING PUSSY. 

The guy was NOT complying.

Cop had a legit arrest authority. The wife admitted that he assaulted the cab driver. Phone Post 3.0

TzTinkle - I wonder how those douches filming felt after watching a man get shot to death when they could've stopped the whole thing from happening.


Oh, so you would rush in and stop an altercation between a police officer and a suspect fighting on the ground?  



So, the police officer couldn't even deal with the suspect physically, but somehow you would rush in and save the day!

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THAT COP WAS IN THE FUCKING WRONG FROM THE START..........DUDE WAS COMPLYING UNTIL THAT FUCKING COWARD DROP KNEE'D HIM FOR NO REASON......I WOULDN'T LET SOMEONE FUCKING ATTACK ME EITHER COP OR NOT............YOU DON'T GET TO BEAT ON SOMEONE BECAUSE YOU HAVE A FUCKING BADGE.    WHAT A FUCKING PUSSY. 

I disagree with the cop being wrong from the start, however I could go without the knee drop. At that particular moment in time I don't think it was necessary.

I also disagree with attacking a cop. If you feel violated in some way, attacking a cop will never end well for you. Comply and then sue in court if you think you have a case.

It's one thing for a guy to try an get up and run away, but it's another thing to stick around and intentionally punch and pound a cops head into the pavement. Phone Post 3.0

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THAT COP WAS IN THE FUCKING WRONG FROM THE START..........DUDE WAS COMPLYING UNTIL THAT FUCKING COWARD DROP KNEE'D HIM FOR NO REASON......I WOULDN'T LET SOMEONE FUCKING ATTACK ME EITHER COP OR NOT............YOU DON'T GET TO BEAT ON SOMEONE BECAUSE YOU HAVE A FUCKING BADGE.    WHAT A FUCKING PUSSY. 

The guy was NOT complying.

Cop had a legit arrest authority. The wife admitted that he assaulted the cab driver. Phone Post 3.0


DUDE WAS DRUNK OFF HIS ASS UNARMED AND WAS ASKING THE COP TO BE A LITTLE MORE POLITE WHILE NOT COMPLYING.........DOES THAT NESSESITATE POTENTIALLY LETHAL DROP KNEE TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD?  

50 second mark. Cop clearly brings his knee on that guy's temple hard.

How many of those would you want to take before you realized the cop didn't care if he killed you or not?

Fuck that cop and fuck that grand jury.

BIGWHITESEXY -
Eh_J - 
BIGWHITESEXY -


THAT COP WAS IN THE FUCKING WRONG FROM THE START..........DUDE WAS COMPLYING UNTIL THAT FUCKING COWARD DROP KNEE'D HIM FOR NO REASON......I WOULDN'T LET SOMEONE FUCKING ATTACK ME EITHER COP OR NOT............YOU DON'T GET TO BEAT ON SOMEONE BECAUSE YOU HAVE A FUCKING BADGE.    WHAT A FUCKING PUSSY. 

The guy was NOT complying.

Cop had a legit arrest authority. The wife admitted that he assaulted the cab driver. Phone Post 3.0


DUDE WAS DRUNK OFF HIS ASS UNARMED AND WAS ASKING THE COP TO BE A LITTLE MORE POLITE WHILE NOT COMPLYING.........DOES THAT NESSESITATE POTENTIALLY LETHAL DROP KNEE TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD?  

You don't get to make those requests Phone Post 3.0

Guy fucked up but that cop was a pussy. Phone Post 3.0

BIGWHITESEXY -
Eh_J - 
BIGWHITESEXY -


THAT COP WAS IN THE FUCKING WRONG FROM THE START..........DUDE WAS COMPLYING UNTIL THAT FUCKING COWARD DROP KNEE'D HIM FOR NO REASON......I WOULDN'T LET SOMEONE FUCKING ATTACK ME EITHER COP OR NOT............YOU DON'T GET TO BEAT ON SOMEONE BECAUSE YOU HAVE A FUCKING BADGE.    WHAT A FUCKING PUSSY. 

The guy was NOT complying.

Cop had a legit arrest authority. The wife admitted that he assaulted the cab driver. Phone Post 3.0


DUDE WAS DRUNK OFF HIS ASS UNARMED AND WAS ASKING THE COP TO BE A LITTLE MORE POLITE WHILE NOT COMPLYING.........DOES THAT NESSESITATE POTENTIALLY LETHAL DROP KNEE TO THE BACK OF THE HEAD?  

So we are clear. There was no compliance.

And I don't think that was an intentional knee drop. It looked more like an attempt at a position change that went wrong. It looks like his knee glances right off the guy's head as opposed to smashing it straight into the ground.

If it was intentional I would assume the guy would have at the very least been fazed for a second or two. Instead he flips him straight after. Phone Post 3.0

TzTinkle - I wonder how those douches filming felt after watching a man get shot to death when they could've stopped the whole thing from happening.
This. Phone Post 3.0