Police Arrest Suspect in North Charlotte Officer Involved Shooting

CHARLOTTE, NC – A Gastonia officer is recovering in the hospital after being shot while on the job Friday morning.

“They were just like ringing off. like pow pow pow pow pow,” said Trinette Mumford. She lives near where the shooting happened.

“Hardworking people live here every day and we got to wake up to this. It’s sickening,” said David Nieves, who also lives on Oakburn Avenue.

The shooting happened as neighborhood kids were getting ready for school. The commotion rattled the community.

“Out of nowhere I just hear shots ring out and I just ran back into the room and grabbed my daughter and ran and got low,” said one neighbor who didn’t want to be identified, “I couldn’t tell where the shots were coming from.”

The FBI Special Agent in charge says about 10 officers from federal, state, and local departments were serving a warrant. The officers are part of the safe streets task force.

“As they approached the house, there were shots fired,” said John Strong, the FBI Special Agent in Charge, “we’re conducting an investigation right now to determine what happened and who fired shots.”

A Gastonia police officer was hit in the arm and taken to the hospital. The suspect is Larry McConney. He is now in jail.

“This is not a good day for us anytime one of our officers get hurt,” said Strong.

CMPD says officer Heather Loveridge fired her weapon. She is now on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. The FBI has not said who shot the Gastonia Officer.

“It’s concerning because I have a child who goes to the bus stop,” said another neighbor who didn’t want to be named.

Parents living on Oakburn Ave say they’re having to explain the scary situation to their children.

“I just tell her that it will be okay,” said Mumford.