Gastonia Police Officer Shot In North Charlotte During FBI Operation

Nov 1, 2019

A Gastonia Police officer was shot while assisting with an FBI search warrant at a house in north Charlotte early Friday morning.

FBI Safe Streets Task Force members approached a house at 4515 Oakburn Dr. about 6 a.m., the FBI said, when shots were fired at them. Larry McConneyhead, 47, is being held in Mecklenburg County Jeail on federal charges related to the investigation that led the FBI to execute the warrant.

The Gastonia Police officer did not sustain life-threating injuries, the FBI said. 

"We're very thankful that these are non-life threatening wounds," said John Strong, special agent in charge of the FBI's North Carolina office.

Two CMPD officers were a part of the operation, according to the FBI. One officer, Heather Loveridge, was directly involved in the shooting, according to CMPD. Loveridge, a patrol officer with the North Division, has been placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure anytime an officer discharges a weapon.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into the shooting. Additionally, the CMPD's Internal Affairs Bureau will contuct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether CMPD policies were followed during the incident, CMPD said.