Police officer fired after twin brother's death
SHREVEPORT, La. - The Shreveport Police Department has fired the brother of a slain officer, drawing fire from the local police union.
Police Chief Willie Shaw said in a statement Friday that he had fired Sgt. Matthew Prunty for violating department policies.
However, the head of the Shreveport Police Officers Association tells KSLA-TV that the union will hire a lawyer to help Prunty fight the firing. Union President Michael Carter says Prunty was fired for missing too many days of work after his twin brother, Shreveport Police Sgt. Tim Prunty, was shot and killed in 2010.
KSLA reports that Matthew Prunty was forced to not work because the department believed he was mentally unfit to return to duty.
Carter says the department should have done more to accommodate Matthew Prunty after the death.