Cellphone footage has emerged of the night off-duty Kansas City police officer Donald Hubbard, 42, got his faced smashed by Anthony Bruno, 26, and fired two shots into Bruno’s chest. The shocking video was made public via the Kansas City Star. You can watch it below.
Here is what you need to know about the story behind the video …
1. Cell Phone Footage of the Attack Has Been Released
On February 25, almost three months after the December 1 incident, the Kansas City Star has released one of the two cellphone videos used by police to investigate the incident. It it you can see the final minute of the confrontation in which a drunk Bruno gets an upper hand on Hubbard and begins punching his face repeatedly. The two people filming the scene plead with him to stop, but their voices are silenced when two gunshots ring out.
2. Anthony Bruno Was Celebrating His Wedding
According to a KTCV report from December, the 26-year-old Bruno had been celebrating at a reception for his marriage to 29-year-old Stephanie Bruno when he decided to take a cab from a restaurant to a the downtown Kansas City Marriott. The newlyweds and Bruno’s cousin were in wedding attire and intoxicated, according to the Kansas City Star, when the tragic events on the evening began.
At the time of the autopsy, Bruno’s blood alcohol level was determined to be .21 percent; for scale, the legal driving limit is .08.
3. The Confrontation Occurred After Bruno Assaulted a Cab Driver
After the cab got to the Marriott, Bruno asked the driver if he would take his cousin home. That’s when he realized the meter was still running as they talked, and this angered him, according to Stephanie Bruno. After the argument escalated, Bruno hit the cab driver and took off on foot when Marriott security informed him that that police had been called.
Hubbard, who was moonlighting as a security guard, chased Bruno onto Baltimore Avenue, where he attempted to handcuff him. After a prolonged scuffle, caught in the footage above, Bruno gets the upper hand and begins to punch Hubbard’s face. That’s when Hubbard pulled his gun and fired two shots into Bruno’s chest.
4. Hubbard Reportedly Had a Fractured Skull
The Kansas City Star reports that Hubbard suffered serious injuries from the attack and was taken to a hospital, where he required facial reconstructive surgery. He had a broken eye socket, a fractured cheekbone, severe facial cuts, and a loss of feeling.
5. Hubbard Was Cleared by Grand Jury on February 14
After a long investigation, Hubbard was cleared of the shooting by a grand jury on February 14.