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Fuquay-Varina man charged in girlfriend's shooting death

Posted November 7, 2014

— Police have arrested a man accused of shooting his girlfriend in the head at their Fuquay-Varina home Thursday night and then getting rid of the gun.

Logan Connail McLean, 21, of 204-A Bridge St., faces a first-degree murder charge after he called 911 reporting that Britny Jordan Puryear, 22, had been shot.

"I think she's dead, man. Can y'all please help?" McLean told a 911 dispatcher in a call he made at 9:35 p.m. "I had a gun, and it went off in my hand, and it shot her."

In an affidavit accompanying a search warrant in the case, investigators said McLean admitted to accidentally shooting Puryear, who was found in an upstairs bedroom, and then throwing the gun from a bridge onto some nearby railroad tracks.

Investigators have not commented on a possible motive for the shooting but noted in the search warrant that police observed drugs and drug paraphernalia in the home – specifically a ceramic plate with white powder residue and a short straw "commonly used to snort cocaine."

Nextdoor neighbor Annie McNeill said McLean and Puryear – who have a 4-month-old son – were both very sweet but that they had argued frequently since they moved in about a year ago.

She said her daughter heard a gunshot Thursday night and then a loud noise that sounded as if someone had fallen.

"I don't even know what to say," McNeill said.

It's unclear if Puryear was still alive when police arrived.

According to the nine-minute 911 call released Friday morning, McLean initially thought she might be dead but then said he thought she might be breathing.

At one point in the recording, he tells the dispatcher that he left Puryear, who wasn't moving, to go smoke.

"Are you right by her now?" the dispatcher asks a little more than four minutes into the call.

"No, I stepped outside, man," McLean says. "I stepped outside, 'cause I'm smoking a cigarette. My son is –"

"You're smoking a cigarette?" the dispatcher asks. "We need to help her."

"What do I need to do?" McLean replies.

At another point, the operator tells McLean that he needs to count faster while administering CPR.

McLean was also charged with one count of possession of a firearm by a felon stemming from an Oct. 17 conviction on a felony drug charge. He was on 18 months' probation in that case.

He was being held without bond Friday evening under protective custody, at his own request, a Wake County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.


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  • miseem Nov 12, 2014

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    Well, I'm sure she would not have died if he was holding a donut. And the gun in a drawer is not very likely to kill anyone. But a person holding a gun can kill someone, and both the person and the gun are responsible for the death. And I have yet to hear of a jury exonerating someone in a shooting death by blaming the gun. Except in a hunting "accident". And since hunting is one of the linchpins of unlimited gun rights advocates, a few mishaps while hunting are entirely acceptable. And not the fault of the hunter.

  • City Boy Nov 10, 2014

    Another little gangster who now has to come to terms with his lifestyle.

  • Alexia Proper Nov 7, 2014
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    So the order of events was: 1) kill the girlfriend, 2) run to a bridge to throw the gun over, 3) come back and calm down, 4) call 911, 5) take a smoke outside (considering his son), 6) try CPR as instructed (to save his "baby mom's" life)

    Is that really what happened? Wow.

  • ALLIN Nov 7, 2014

    "I had a gun, and it went off in my hand, and it shot her."

    According to this guy, guns kill people. As long as he gets a sympathetic jury, I am sure he will walk.

  • USMC Vet Nov 7, 2014

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    Will pray for their child, the innocent losing both parents in this, one forever.

    As for him, he'll need to take care of himself far as I'm concerned cause he made his choices and now it's time for him to face up to the consequences they'll bring.

  • Seahawk93 Nov 7, 2014

    Guns dont go off on their own.

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  • andy2 Nov 7, 2014

    That is the best he could come up with? I hope he spends the rest of his days in prison....

  • kimisufu Nov 7, 2014

    Get rid of the gun that accidentally went off. ?

  • TTKPs Nov 7, 2014

    SAD, to say the least !