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The police officer who handled the Utah traffic stop of Brian Laundrie and Gabby Petito said he was traumatized by the latter’s death, according to an independent review of the incident released Wednesday.
Eric Pratt, one of the officers shown in body-cam footage of the incident, said he was “desperately fucked over that she got killed,” when questioned by investigators about the Aug. 12 incident, according to the report by the Price City Police Department. “I really am. I would have done anything to stop it if I would have known that was coming.”
The 100-page report looked into how the Moab County Police Department handled the dispute between Laundrie and Petito. A formal complaint and criticism towards how to department managed the traffic stop led to the review, Newsweek reported.
Officers questioned the pair over a suspected domestic violence incident, before eventually allowing the two to depart, so long as they spent the night separate from one another and arranged for a hotel room. Petito later went missing, leading to a highly publicized search that culminated in authorities finding her dead body at a national park in Wyoming.
Tara Petito (2L) and Joe Petito look on while the City of North Port Chief of Police Todd Garrison (not seen) speaks during a news conference for their daughter Gabby Petito on September 16, 2021 in North Port, Florida. (Photo by Octavio Jones/Getty Images)
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