Shooting of FBI Task Force member being investigated as possible 'friendly fire,' sources say

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer has been placed on administrative leave after she fired her weapon during a search warrant, reportedly shooting and injuring a Gastonia police officer with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force, reputable sources tell FOX 46 Charlotte. 

The federal officer was rushed to the hospital early Friday morning on Nov. 1 after he was shot while serving a warrant in north Charlotte.

The shooting happened around 6 a.m. outside a home in the 4500 block of Oakburn Drive, located near Old Statesville Road.

According to the FBI, members of their Safe Streets Task Force were executing a warrant to an ongoing criminal investigation and as they approached the home, shots rang out. An officer with the Gastonia Police Department was struck, but he is expected to be okay.

A person at the home was detained. He has been identified as 47-year-old Larry McConneyhead. He's being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail on federal charges related to the criminal investigation that led the FBI Task Force members to the home in the first place. 

An FBI agent and two Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers were also there when shots broke out. Neighbors told FOX 46 they awoke to the sound of about 30 gunshots and were 'terrified.'

The officer was taken to CMC-Main to receive treatment for non-life threatening injuries, the FBI said. 


CMPD says Officer Heather Loveridge, a two-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave after she fired her weapon during the incident. Sources tell FOX 46 that the female CMPD officer was the one who shot and injured the Gastonia police officer during the ordeal.

The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) and the FBI are conducting a joint investigation at this time.