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Officer fired after twin brother's tragic death reinstated to Shreveport police force

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SPD Officer Matt Prunty was reinstated to his job Wednesday morning. SPD Officer Matt Prunty was reinstated to his job Wednesday morning.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A Shreveport police officer who was fired for violating departmental policy is back on the job.

"It's good to be back," said Matthew Prunty just seconds after hearing the unanimous decision by the board.

The police department hasn't given specific reasons for his termination but Matthew Prunty has said that he was fired after missing too many days because the department deemed him mentally unfit to return. 

His twin brother, who was also a Shreveport officer was killed in the line of duty back in 2010 while standing in the parking lot of a Circle K in South Shreveport.

Matthew was fired in 2013 after his brother's killer, Christopher Cope, was sentenced to life in prison.

Prunty appealed that decision to the Shreveport Fire & Police Civil Service Board.

At a hearing Wednesday morning, his job was given back to him immediately. He will receive back pay for the lost time.

"It's effective today," said Prunty.

In January, the board and Prunty agreed to another independent mental evaluation.

Police union president Michael Carter said at the time of that hearing the reason for an independent evaluation is because they wanted everything to be fair.

Chief Willie Shaw declined to comment on the decision saying it was a personnel matter.

Prunty is expected to return to duty after addressing some training requirements.

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