Anthony Bruno, who was a firefighter with the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department, Station 17, was shot and then killed by a police officer who was working an off-duty job on Sunday morning.
A spokesperson from the Kansas City Fire Department confirmed that Bruno, who had been a firefighter for six years, was shot around 2:30 a.m. in the downtown part of Kansas City. He also stated that Bruno had just gotten married the day before.
The police officer who was said to have shot Bruno was dressed in police uniform but was working on another job and was considered to be off-duty when he answered a call that said there was an assault in progress on a taxi driver. Witnesses explained the firefighter had gotten into a physical disagreement with the cab driver just outside of a Marriott Hotel, which was located near the intersection of Wyandotte and 12th Street. The off-duty cop tried to break up the fight and Bruno escaped after he became dangerous during the struggle.
The officer gave chase and supposedly next discovered Bruno near the intersection of Baltimore Avenue and 13th Street.
When the firefighter saw the officer approaching him, Bruno allegedly began attacking the police official.
Allegedly Bruno resisted being arrested and got on top of the police officer. He allegedly hit him both in the face and head. This is when the officer got his gun and shot two deadly shots into Bruno’s chest before he himself passed out. It has been stated that the officer was still out cold when backup came upon the scene.
The police officer, who still has not been unidentified, was stated as telling other investigators that he was in fear for his life.
Investigators explained that the police officer began performing CPR on the firefighter before he fell unconscious. The firefighter was a third-generation family member of the Kansas City fire department. Anthony Bruno was then taken to the hospital, where he later died from the gunshot wound. Bruno was in his 20’s but an exact age is unknown at the present time.
The police officer himself also had to be taken to the hospital because he too had serious injuries.
The spokesperson stated that the family and friends of the Kansas City Fire Department remember Anthony Bruno as being a dedicated and courageous firefighter who had been working at the department since 2008.
Kansas City and Missouri State Police are both looking into the event.
Station 17 Fire Chief Paul Berardi released a statement which said that Anthony Bruno leaves behind his father, who was a retired deputy fire chief, his mother, two sisters and his new wife. Berardi has been with Anthony Bruno’s family since the incident occurred.
The fire chief also had in his statement that although certain details of the incident still have to be obtained, he had already spoken with the Kansas City Police Department Chief and that they planned to remain in contact through this entire ordeal.
Berardi added that many thoughts and prayers were going out to the Bruno family.
Anthony Bruno was a firefighter with Kansas City Fire Department Station 17 as was mention above. He was on Truck 2 and worked the B shift. He had been a cadet that graduated in the spring of 2008. He was also a graduate of Rockhurst High School.
It is believed he may have had one or more family members on the force at the present time, and Anthony Bruno, who was killed, will not soon be forgotten.
By Kimberly Ruble