Accused cop killer in court on Wednesday

Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 12:54pm

Accused cop killer, Christopher Cope, 24, appeared in Caddo District Court Wednesday morning for charges of first degree murder.

Only a day after the Shreveport Police Department honored their fallen comrade at a department awards ceremony, his accused killer headed to court.  Christopher Cope was in a Caddo District courtroom for arguments and hearings on his capital murder trial on Wednesday morning that lasted only ten minutes.

Cope faces a charge of first degree murder and charges of attempted second degree murder.

Cope is accused of fatally shooting Shreveport police Sgt. Tim Prunty outside a Circle K at Bert Kouns and Dean Rd. back in October.  Sgt. Prunty stood outside the convenience store in the early morning hours doing a routine check according to police.  Authorities say while he was outside talking to the store clerk, Cope pulled up and shot the nineteen-year Shreveport police veteran.

Police said Cope also fired shots at a guard in the Southern Trace guard tower that same night.  Neither the guard nor the convenience store clerk were injured in the shootings.

Prosecution could seek capital punishment in this case.  Cope is due back in court on June 16 for continued arguments and hearings.

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