New details reveal what happened moments before KCFD firefighter's death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - New details have emerged from police reports describing what happened before a Kansas City police officer shot and killed a Kansas City firefighter.

According to one of the police reports, 26-year-old Anthony Bruno, his wife and a friend were taken to the Marriott Muehlebach Hotel in downtown Kansas City by a cab.

According to the report, the cab driver told police Bruno and his wife were discussing whether or not to pay the driver to take their friend home who was apparently intoxicated. The cab driver told police that during their discussion, the cab's fare meter was still running.

Bruno began to argue with the driver about the meter and suddenly reached over from the back seat and began hitting him in the face and neck.

Stephanie Steele, who identifies herself as Bruno's wife in the police report, also gave a statement that differs from the driver's.

In the report, she says that during their discussion with the driver about the fare, the driver threw their money back at her and her husband and called her an unknown name. She says that's when Bruno punched the driver.
The second report states Donald Hubbard, a Kansas City police officer, was working in uniform off-the-clock as a security guard at the hotel.

According to police, Hubbard approached the cab and chased Bruno a block to 13th Street and Baltimore.

The two struggled and police say Bruno assaulted Hubbard, hitting him several times in the face and head. Fearing for his life, Hubbard shot Bruno twice in the chest.

Bruno died at the hospital; Hubbard was also taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Hubbard has been released, but because his face is so swollen, police say he will have to return for surgery once the swelling goes down.

Pete Edlund was a Kansas City police officer for more than 20 years and says he's never heard of an incident like this one. He says even if Hubbard was off-the-clock, the off-duty officer was obligated to act.

"His obligations are obviously to provide security for that business," Edlund said, "but he's also, if he's aware of crime occurring near him, he's obligated to go and stop it."

Edlund says there's no specific protocol when it comes to asking for backup, but Hubbard was obligated to respond.

"You've got to do what you've got to do," Edlund said.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments