SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the trial of a man charged in the 2010 shooting death of a Shreveport police officer.

The defendant is Christopher Cope, who would face a possible death sentence if found guilty in the death of Sgt. Tim Prunty.

Cope is charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in connection with gunfire that broke out in October of 2010.

The Times of Shreveport reports ( that Prunty was shot as he stood outside a convenience store during a routine security check. Shots also were also fired that night at a guard shack, although the guard inside was not injured.

Jury selection began Monday afternoon. Defense attorneys have asked to have uniformed deputies removed from the courtroom during the trial.