Newly Released Video Shows Deadly Gas Station Fight
May 8, 2019, 11:00 PM
CLEARFIELD, Utah — Newly released surveillance video, 911 calls and officer body camera audio offers a clearer picture of the argument and punch that ultimately lead to the death of a Chevron gas station customer in Clearfield last month.
The April 10th scene is still fresh on the mind of the customer’s daughter, Alyssa Nu’usila, who got to enjoy her wedding day with him in March.
“I’m glad I got to spend that time with him,” she said.
Memories are all that’s left for Alyssa. Just four weeks after her wedding, her 39-year-old father Brandon Stufflebean died. One punch at a Clearfield chevron station is what lead to it.
Audio from 911 calls capture a bit of the chaotic scene that followed the punch.
“He just gasped for air. Wake up,” a man who identifies himself as the store owner said.
Minutes earlier, Stufflebean had walked into the Chevron Foodmart holding a drink. Surveillance video shows him walk up to the counter and an argument quickly ensues with the clerk.
“I’m not sure what they were arguing about,” Alyssa said.
Newly released surveillance video, 911 and officer body cam audio offers a closer look at the argument and single punch that ultimately lead to a customer’s death at this Chevron in Clearfield last month. We speak to the man’s daughter about it on @KSL5TV at 10pm. pic.twitter.com/aSvBL0QAHZ
— Matt Rascon (@MattRasconNews) May 9, 2019
She was not there when it happened, but Clearfield police showed her the surveillance video days after the incident.
Stufflebean appears to fill up his cup and then the store owner enters the scene. The argument over the drink continues. Stufflebean is seen paying for his drink and then leaving. But when he appears outside of the gas station he isn’t holding his cup.
“He was making a raucous inside the store,” said a man who identifies himself as a store manager to the dispatcher on the 911 call. “He threw his soda pop on the ground.”
Surveillance cameras show the store owner follow Stufflebean as he exits the store. Stufflebean approaches him and they appear to bump into one another before the store owner throws a single punch, knocking Stufflebean flat on his back.
The owner and manager call 911 when the man doesn’t get up.
“He’s just lying there unconscious on the ground…i can’t tell if he’s breathing,” a man is heard saying to the dispatcher.
A police officer quickly arrives and begins chest compressions as he asks the store owner what happened.
“He walked over like he was going to hit me so I hit him,” the owner tells the officer.
“He fell back and he shattered his entire lower skull,” Alyssa said. “And from the punch, his left eye was completely split open. His cheek was shattered. His jaw had multiple fractures.”
Stufflebean died the next day on April 11th. Time has done little to relieve the pain for Alyssa and her family.
“We don’t really feel like we’re back to normal. Even though this is our normal now,” she said.
Days after the incident, Davis County prosecutors announced they would not to file charges because “there is simply insufficient evidence that the store owner’s conduct rose to the level of criminal conduct.”
“I’m sure the owner never thought my dad would die… but he did,” Alyssa said. “He should feel guilty. A man is dead because he couldn’t control his anger.”
Alyssa said she and her family had not heard from the store owner. KSL TV went to the chevron to speak with him but he was not there.