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Jury seated in accused cop killer's trial

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Christopher Brian Cope (Source: Shreveport Police Dept.) Christopher Brian Cope (Source: Shreveport Police Dept.)
Sgt. Timothy Prunty Sgt. Timothy Prunty
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

Two years to the day after a Shreveport police officer was gunned down at south Shreveport convenience store, a jury has been selected in the trial of the accused gunman.

Twelve people plus three alternates have been selected in the first-degree murder trial of Christopher Brian Cope.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Thursday in Caddo Parish District Judge Mike Pitman's court.

Cope is charged in the shooting death of Sgt. Timothy C. Prunty, who was killed on Oct. 24, 2010, at the Circle K store on Bert Kouns and Dean Rd.

A witness who was standing near Prunty during the crime told KSLA News 12 at the time that they heard a loud muffler and saw a red Camaro pull into a parking spot about 10 feet away.

She said the man was expressionless as he pulled a gun and fired multiple rounds into Prunty. The witness said she ran to get help, found another officer and described the car and man to the officer.

Police found the car and the man they say committed the crime near Pines Road about 45 minutes later.

Prunty was hired by the department in September of 1991. 

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