Audio obtained by People magazine of a 911 call is telling a different story about that heated exchange between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie than we originally heard. Police were called when witnesses observed an allegedly violent interaction between the two. But police said that incident was not a domestic assault.
The 911 call clearly indicates otherwise. The caller told the dispatcher that they witnessed Laundrie hitting his fiancée. “We drove by and the gentleman was slapping the girl,” the caller said.
To which the dispatcher asked, “He was slapping her?” The caller confirmed that is what they saw.
“Yes, and then we stopped. They ran up and down the sidewalk. He proceeded to hit her, hopped in the car and they drove off.”
The call is the reason police came to the scene in the first place. Shortly after the call was placed, Petito and Laundrie were pulled over in Moab, Utah. That exchange was captured on the officer’s body camera footage.
That happened on August 12. In the footage, Petito, 22, is crying and tells officers that the two are having “personal” problems. She also admits to hitting him. He tells officers he pushed her, as well.
“Some days, I have really bad OCD, and I was just cleaning and straightening up and I was apologizing to him saying that I’m so mean because sometimes I have OCD and get frustrated,” she said, seeming to blame herself for the incident.
The police report indicated that there was not a domestic assault. The report says, “After evaluating the totality of the circumstances, I do not believe the situation escalated to the level of a domestic assault as much that of a mental health crisis.” It almost seems that after Petito’s admission that she had OCD, police didn’t take the crisis seriously.
Another officer wrote, “It wasn’t clear, but I believe it was reported the male had been observed to have assaulted the female.”
However, the incident was classified as “disorderly conduct.”