Utah police have released body-camera footage of officers responding to a fight between Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie.
The video, which was released on Thursday, was shot about four weeks before Petito went missing.
Petito’s call to the Moab City Police Department on August 12 occurred while she was on a road trip with her boyfriend, Laundrie.
Petito, 22, went missing on September 11th, ten days after Laundrie returned from the trip without her. Laundrie has since refused to assist police in their search for her and has been identified as a person of interest in the case.
Petito’s relatives have grown increasingly frustrated with Laundrie since her disappearance, criticizing his inaction and urging him to come forward.
The MCPD released its report on the August 12 altercation on Wednesday. No arrests were made because the officers determined that the incident was a mental health crisis rather than a crime.
The video, which was released on Thursday, suggests that the couple is still at odds. An officer can be seen in the video watching their van swerve toward the curb before coming to a halt.
Petito appeared visibly upset through the car window, whereas Laundrie is pleasant and cooperative.
The audio can be difficult to understand at times. Petito told the officer that she had been telling Laundrie she was “sorry I’m so mean,” a reference to an earlier fight, when she was asked to get out of the van.
“Some days I have really bad OCD, and I was just cleaning the back of the van before, and I was apologizing to him, saying, ‘I’m sorry I’m so mean,’ because I have OCD and I get really frustrated,” she explained to the cop. “I guess my vibe isn’t mean toward him. I’m just having a bad day.”
Petito claimed he hit Laundrie, prompting a bystander to call the cops. She claimed she hit him again while driving, just before the stop, to warn Laundrie about the cops trying to stop them.
Despite what appeared to be scratch marks on his arm, neck, and face, Laundrie claimed he was unharmed during the stop.
Petito “didn’t want to be separated from the male and began slapping him,” according to the police report.
According to the police report, Laundrie grabbed her face.
Petito said they had been fighting all morning and that Laundrie “wouldn’t let me in the car before” and “told me I needed to calm down,” according to body camera footage.
Laundrie then told police that he got into a fight because he got dirt on his flip-flops.
Petito was “getting worked up” as they got into their van.
He claimed he suggested they go for separate walks to de-stress and get some space, and that an altercation erupted when she attempted to take the keys to their van.
Petito was initially charged with domestic violence in the incident, but police decided against it after she told officers she had no intention of harming Laundrie.
“I was hitting Laundrie to get him to stop telling me to calm down,” she explained.
Petito was also not charged by Laundrie, who told police he did not want to press charges.
According to the police report, the couple agreed to separate for the night after the stop. Petito was allowed to stay in the van while Laundrie was placed in a hotel room for the night.