Gastonia police officer shot during FBI investigation in north Charlotte

Gastonia Police officer injured in shooting during FBI investigation

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - An officer with the Gastonia Police Department was shot in north Charlotte on Friday morning during an investigation involving multiple agencies, according to the FBI.

The incident occurred around 6 a.m. on Oakburn Drive near Old Statesville Avenue. FBI officials did not give many details about the original investigation, but did confirm that law enforcement from multiple agencies making up the FBI Safe Streets Task Force were executing a search warrant.

As agents and officers approached the home shots were fired. A neighbor reported hearing rapid gunfire at around 6:20 a.m. involving an estimated 10-15 shots.

A Gastonia Police officer was shot during the altercation. He was rushed to the hospital and is expected to be OK. The officer’s name has not yet been released.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed that a CMPD officer was also involved in the incident Friday morning. CMPD says Officer Heather Loveridge has been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure anytime an officer discharges their weapon. This confirms that Officer Loveridge fired at least one shot during the incident.

The FBI said that 47-year-old Larry McConneyhead is currently being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail on federal charges related to the criminal investigation that led investigators to execute a search warrant at the home. Information about specific charges has not yet been released.

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As the investigation continues, FBI officials have not yet provided information on where the gunfire that hit the Gastonia police officer came from.

Police were called to this same home in 2017 after a man was shot in the hand during a robbery.

A heavy police presence remained at the scene throughout the morning as the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation and FBI continue the joint investigation.

CMPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were followed during the incident.

No further details have been released.

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