Suspect on Trial in Shreveport Policeman’s Murder
The man accused of killing a Shreveport police officer two years ago has appeared before a Caddo district judge. 26-year-old Christopher Brian Cope was in court yesterday for pretrial arguments and hearings.
Cope faces one count each of first-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. He’s charged in connection with the October 2010 shooting death of police Sgt. Timothy Prunty, who was gunned down in the parking lot of a convenience store in the 3300 block of Bert Kouns.
Cope is also accused of shooting into a guard shack at the entrance to Southern Trace. Cope is the son of retired Shreveport Police Capt. Carl Cope. He faces the death penalty if convicted as charged of capital murder.
Cope is set to return to court for a ruling on the hearings June 29th. His jury trial is set to begin on Oct. 8th.