The Shreveport Police Department lost one of their own early Sunday morning to a senseless attack by a lone gunman.
Shreveport Police Chief Willie L. Shaw described the loss, “The city of Shreveport lost a hero, a hero in the community, a hero to law enforcement, a hero to his family”
At about 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning, Sgt. Tim Prunty stood beside his car talking to a clerk outside of the Circle K on the 3300 block of Bert Kouns Industrial Loop. The lone gunman, Christopher Cope, pulled up to the gas station, stepped out of his vehicle and opened fire. Sgt. Prunty was struck multiple times and as a result, he later died at LSUHSC.
Sgt. Prunty was a well-respected, 19 year veteran of the Shreveport Police Department, as well as a husband and a brother.
Sgt. Bill Goodin, Shreveport Police Public Information Officer spoke to his family Monday morning. "They're distraught as any of us would be, and this is such a tragic loss."
The Shreveport Police Department family is grieving the loss of the longtime police officer alongside his family and the city of Shreveport.
Sgt. Goodin described Sgt. Prunty as "the consummate police officer. He was the paradigm of professionalism." Sgt. Goodin also shared that Sgt. Prunty was always "the officer catching the suspect" and willing to do anything to get the job done. "Tim was a great police officer, a great person and will never be forgotten."
Chief Shaw described Sgt. Prunty as "a police officer's policeman." Sgt. Prunty was willing to be a police officer twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. "We have lost an individual that cannot be replaced."
Shreveport Mayor Glover ordered that all flags are to be flown at half-staff until sundown on Thursday, October 28, the day of Sgt. Prunty's funeral.