A 21-year-old man charged with killing his girlfriend late Thursday told police that he "accidentally" shot her, according to a search warrant application made public Friday.
Logan Connail McLean of Fuquay-Varina was not supposed to have a firearm. McLean pleaded guilty to felony possession of cocaine three weeks ago in Wake County District Court and was on probation, according to records filed at the Wake County Clerk of Courts Office.
Fuquay-Varina police charged McLean with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon after the shooting death of Brittany Jordan Puryear, 22, on Thursday night.
Police said McLean and Puryear have a young child and lived together at the apartment in the 200 block of Bridge Street where the shooting took place. Police responded to reports of a shooting at the apartment about 9:40 p.m. Thursday.
McLean was there when officers arrived and admitted to "accidentally shooting his girlfriend, Brittany," according to the search warrant.
The police found Puryear's body in an upstairs bedroom with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the head, the warrant says.
McLean told police that after the shooting, he tossed the gun off a bridge over a section of railroad tracks adjacent to the apartment, according to the warrant. Investigators did not find the weapon, but they did find a spent shell casing they think was fired from a Genesis 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, the warrant says.
The police also reported seeing "in plain view narcotics paraphernalia in the bedroom" where the shooting occurred.
McLean told police that he and Puryear had shared drugs before the shooting, according to the search warrant. Investigators recovered white powder residue from a ceramic plate and a short straw that they described as "commonly used to snort cocaine," according to the warrant.
McLean remained in the Wake County jail Friday without bail.
Court records show that narcotics had been a part of the couple's lives before Thursday.
The gun-possession charge filed against McLean was based on his conviction for felony cocaine possession on Oct. 17. He was given a suspended sentence and put on 18 months' probation, state prison records show.
Puryear was arrested Aug. 28 by Cary police for fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance. She was convicted and put on 18 months' probation on Oct. 21, four days after McLean's sentencing.