The Chicago police officer who shot her estranged husband at a property owned by the Fraternal Order of Police has admitted to putting his gun back in the holster but not putting it back in its case, and she then tried to kill herself, prosecutors said.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the woman, identified as Kristina Brundage, 33, claimed that she was trying to push her gun back into the holster so it could not be removed when it went off Friday. Her wounds were in her back and her arm, she told investigators.
“The officers also described that she was combative and physically injured and had her arm caught in a part of the kitchen (wall) that makes her arm bent way forward,” according to a criminal complaint obtained by the newspaper. “Officer Brundage also admitted to shooting her husband when he tried to place his gun back in the holster to escape the incident and get help.”
Brundage was charged with aggravated battery with a firearm and battery causing great bodily harm.
An attorney for the couple said the shots happened after Brundage was “brainwashed” by her husband and had been aggressive to both officers in the initial investigation and paramedics who rushed the officer to the hospital.
“It’s clear that they have failed to make an arrest based on the facts and the law,” attorney Anthony Linn told the Tribune. “The only possible reason that a reasonable judge could continue to give bond is to send a message to the community that this officer is a danger to the community. That’s the only logical thing to do.”
Officers responded to the call at Brundage’s last Friday to the Chicago Lawn district and discovered that her husband, Christopher Brundage, 35, was shot several times after breaking into the garage on a property owned by the FOP and other Chicago police officers, according to the Tribune.
The officers reportedly performed CPR at the scene but Brundage was pronounced dead at a hospital two hours later. Brundage’s attorney claimed the couple had been having marital issues for some time and the slaying was motivated by the couple’s divorce.
Attorney Linn said that his client tried to hire a private investigator to go undercover with the FOP to collect information for her divorce before the shooting.
The lawyer also told the Tribune that Brundage was wearing a bulletproof vest that night but could not tell it had been taken off after the struggle, which occurred while her husband was trying to get away.
A Cook County judge signed off on a $150,000 bond last Friday for Kristina Brundage, who worked in the police bureau of internal affairs.
The Chicago Department of Justice oversees the police union, but the FOP reported 1,655 members in 2016 and more than $19 million in revenue.