KC firefighter shot and killed by off-duty KC police officer after assault

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A newly-married Kansas City firefighter is dead, and a Kansas City police officer in the hospital, after an officer-involved shooting in downtown Kansas City.

Kansas City Fire Department Spokesperson Chief James Garrett confirmed to 41 Action News on Sunday that Anthony V. Bruno was shot and killed by an off-duty Kansas City police officer after an incident early Sunday morning.

It happened around 2:30 a.m., when an off-duty officer responded to a report of a cab driver being assaulted at 12th and Wyandotte. The officer, who has yet to be identified, had been working in the area and was in uniform at the time.

According to Kansas City Police Department Spokesman Capt. Tye Grant, Bruno allegedly ran from the officer, causing the officer to chase him.

When the officer caught up with Bruno near 13th and Baltimore, police say the violence continued.

"The subject started assaulting the officer, and that got pretty bad," Grant said. "That officer in fear of his life eventually fired his gun striking the subject."

Despite the officer's efforts to perform CPR, Bruno later died at an area hospital. The officer was taken to the hospital with serious head injuries. He will have surgery and is expected to stay in the hospital for a while, according to Grant.

Bruno had been out celebrating his recent marriage before the incident occurred.

According to a written statement by Kansas City Fire Chief Paul Berardi, Bruno was a member of Fire Station 17, and had been with the department since 2008. He was a third-generation member of the fire department.

Along with his new wife, Bruno leaves behind a father, a retired deputy fire chief, his mother, two sisters of the home.

The incident is under investigation.

Stay with 41 Action News and KSHB.com for updates on this story.

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