Government
5:04 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Grand Jury Refuses To Indict Cop In Killing Of Kansas City Firefighter

A  Jackson County grand jury has declined to file charges against a  Kansas City, Mo., police officer in the 2013 shooting death of a firefighter.

The criminal case is closed in the Dec. 1, 2013, death of Anthony Bruno.

Bruno and the policeman struggled during a brawl leading to the shooting on a downtown street. There had been a dispute over cab fare outside Bruno’s wedding reception party. The pair fought and struggled on the pavement as the officer tried to arrest Bruno.

After hearing prosecutor’s arguments, the grand jury refused to issue a true bill, thus closing the case.

Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker cited secrecy of grand jury activity and would only say it was a great tragedy, “not only for the Bruno family but for so many others touched” by the affair.

Bruno came from a line of firefighters. His father, John Bruno, is a retired deputy Kansas City Fire Chief.