Monday, October 10, 2011

Detectives Conducting a Shooting Investigation in the Freedom Division

UPDATE: Mr. McConico has been charged with an Infraction for CCW Permit Violation (fail to disclose that he had a valid permit and was carrying a concealed handgun when approached by an officer). Note, the first violation of this General Statute is an infraction; subsequent offense are a Class 2 Misdemeanor. Mr. McConico was also issued a criminal summons to appear in court by a magistrate for Shooting a Firearm in the city limits.

The vehicle, a 2011 Jeep Compass, which struck the sedan occupied by Mr. McConico and his wife was located yesterday unoccupied at Marshall Acres Drive and Barry Oaks Circle, off the 8300 block of Wilkinson Boulevard. The Jeep is a rental vehicle and it has been reported stolen. At this time it is unknown if any of its occupants were struck by gunfire. This investigation remains active.
Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Homicide Unit are conducting a shooting investigation at 6200 Freedom Drive. The call for service was reported at 9:46 this morning. CMPD Freedom Division Officers initially responded to a Hit & Run call approaching a construction zone. Multiple calls for service immediately came in to 911 stating that shots were fired at the scene.

When officers arrived on scene, they located a small sedan and its two occupants. The sedan was rear-ended by a light colored SUV, which fled the scene on Freedom Drive towards I-85. The passenger of the sedan, Terry McConico, is an off-duty Detention Officer with the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office. He has been employed by the MCSO since January 14, 1998. Mr. McConico exited his vehicle and ran after the suspect vehicle and fired his personal weapon at least twice at the suspect vehicle as it fled the scene.

At this time, it is unknown if the vehicle or any of its occupants were struck by gunfire. The driver of the sedan, Mr. McConico’s wife, was transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries she sustained in the crash. The CMPD Homicide Unit is investigating the case, which is standard practice in all law enforcement related shootings.
Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence.  Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Santiago is the lead detective assigned to the case. In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.