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Union vows to fight for fired SPD Sgt. Matthew Prunty

KSLA News 12 interviewed Sgt. Matthew Prunty as he attended the Peace Officers Memorial service Wednesday in downtown Shreveport. KSLA News 12 interviewed Sgt. Matthew Prunty as he attended the Peace Officers Memorial service Wednesday in downtown Shreveport.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Hours after SPD Chief Willie Shaw fired police Sgt. Matthew Prunty for violating department policies, the union that represents Shreveport Police has vowed to fight the disciplinary action.

"The Shreveport Police Officers Association is disgusted with the way management of the Shreveport Police Department has treated Mathew Prunty after this traumatic incident," union President Michael Carter told KSLA News 12 Friday night.

The "traumatic incident" Carter referred to is the 2010 slaying of Sgt. Tim Prunty, Matthew Prunty's twin brother. Tim Prunty was shot and killed in an ambush in South Shreveport. Christopher Cope was found guilty of the crime and was sentenced to life in prison.

In a very brief statement released Friday evening, Shaw said he fired Prunty for "violation of department policies."

In response, the union says it will hire an attorney to fight the termination.

Prunty joined the police force in April 1992. KSLA News 12 sources say that Matthew Prunty left the police force after his brother's death but later rejoined the force.

KSLA News 12'S Fred Childers reports that Shaw fired Matthew Prunty allegedly because the sergeant had missed too many days after his brother's murder. These were days Prunty was forced to miss because the department believed he was mentally unfit to return to duty.

Carter summed it up this way: "They refused to accommodate him after losing his brother."

KSLA News 12 just interviewed Matthew Prunty on Wednesday as he attended the Peace Officers Memorial service in downtown Shreveport.

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