KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Missouri police officer was cleared this week by a neurologist according to sources familiar with Master Patrol Officer Don Hubbard’s condition. He didn’t sustain any brain damage during a fight with assault suspect Anthony Bruno on early Sunday morning.
Hubbard still has to undergo facial surgery. The recovery is expected to take four-to-six weeks. The picture of Hubbard was taken Sunday, hours after he was admitted to the hospital.
It was released to FOX 4 with permission from the family. Hubbard was in uniform, working an off-duty job early Sunday when he heard cries for help. A after a dispute about a fare.
When Hubbard arrived, the suspect ran. Hubbard tracked him down and was trying to arrest him when the fight began. According to witness and police accounts, 26-year-old Bruno pinned Hubbard to the ground and punched him repeatedly in the face and head. Fearing for his life, Hubbard was able to get to his gun and fire. Bruno died at the hospital a short time later.
Bruno, a third-generation Kansas City, Missouri firefighter, was buried Friday afternoon. He had just left his wedding reception with his new bride when the incident with the cab driver occurred. Police continue to decline comment pending the shooting investigation.