Jury clears officer in deadly shooting of firefighter

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KMBC) — A Jackson County grand jury has ruled that no charges will be filed against a Kansas City police officer who shot and killed Kansas City firefighter Anthony Bruno during an arrest in Dec. 2013.

The officer was off duty when he responded to a call about an assault on a cab driver outside the Muehlebach Hotel near 13th Street and Wyandotte Avenue in the early morning hours on Dec. 1.

KMBC 9's Micheal Mahoney reported in December that a source told him that a cab driver had picked up Bruno and a woman at a restaurant on Grand Avenue and drove them to the hotel. He said at the hotel Bruno was trying to get the cab driver to give him a flat rate to continue the ride north of the river, rather than using the meter.

Mahoney said his source told him when the cab driver refused, Bruno started hitting him.

The 17-year KCPD veteran officer was working nearby and heard about the incident and went to the scene, where he fought with Bruno.

According to a police statement, Hubbard feared for his life, drew his gun and shot Bruno.

Bruno worked at Fire Station No. 17 on The Paseo Boulevard. He was third-generation Kansas City firefighter and had just been married hours before his death.

The officer had to be hospitalized for treatment of his injuries from the incident.

"This is a great tragedy, not only for the Bruno family but for so many others touched by this incident," said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. "I would respectfully ask that the media and the community support all the families involved and respect their privacy."

The grand jury reviewing the case issued a no-true bill, according to Peters Baker, which means no criminal charges will be filed, concluding the case.

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